Catching Up With Darryn Durham
By Brendan Lutes
Photos by Chris Kinman
Monster Energy/Pro Circuit/Kawasaki’s Darryn Durham has had a rough year in 2012. Right after getting his first-ever win at the New Orleans round of the East Coast Lites SX series, a crash while testing for outdoors sidelined him with a shoulder injury. Then, only weeks after returning to the track, another crash left him with a cut Achilles tendon and on the sidelines for a few more months. With this in mind, we decided to find out how things have been for Durham and what his plans are for next year.
You recently had just started back riding after a shoulder injury, crashed again, and got injured.
Yeah I had been riding for not even two weeks. But it was more just playing around riding than anything. I was still working on getting my shoulder strong and I ended up having another dumb injury that has set me back a little bit. Now I’m just trying to recover and get healthy.
Looking back a little, what exactly happened to your shoulder?
I was out testing for outdoors during the week before Vegas. It was really windy that day at Comp Edge, and I just got blown over a jump, crashed really had, and endoed. It was a pretty ugly crash. I tore my shoulder up, had surgery to get it fixed, and it put me out for the entire summer. Since then, I’ve just been trying to get it strong and ready for next year.
What was your second most recent injury?
I hurt my Achilles tendon. It was kind of a weird injury. It wasn’t really a stretch or tear; it was more of a cut. They sewed it back up and I’m actually putting some weight on it now. I also started physical therapy and I’m hoping to get back on the bike in December some time.
Going further back, you got your first win in Supercross at New Orleans and had to have had some confidence going into the outdoors.
Supercross went really well. I was super consistent, which a lot of people thought that I could never be consistent. I was riding well and got my first win at New Orleans. That was actually the last time that I even raced. After that, I was just testing for outdoors, and I was really confident that I was going to go into outdoors and do really good. One freak crash kind of changed it all. It’s all good, though, I’m just going to heal up and focus back on next year.
Are you back on the Monster Energy/Pro Circuit/Kawasaki team again next year?
Yeah, I’m going to be back with Pro Circuit. I resigned and will be back next year and the following year as well, depending on if I get bumped to the 450 class.
So you have the possibility of pointing out of the 250 class this next year?
Yeah, if I were to win the championship, I would get pointed out—kind of like what happened to Tickle.
Mitch Payton usually makes the decision on what coast his riders are going to be on at the last minute, but do you have any idea which coast you might be on next year?
It’s kind of too early to say, especially with all the other riders on the team. It’s just going to come down to who’s more prepared. The PC team has a few injuries on it right now, but I think it’s better that injuries happen now—if they’re going to happen—that way the team isn’t screwed for the West Coast. We all have a chance to heal up and possibly be ready for any coast.
The start of the season is still a couple months away, but what are some of your goals for next year?
I really just want to get back out there and race again. It feels like it has been so long for me and I’ve never really been off for this long. Hopefully I can pick up where I left off. I want to keep trying to win races, make a run for the title, and be consistent. I guess anything short of that, I wouldn’t be fully pleased with myself, so I’m going for it.