We have talked with Team Honda HRC following Ken Roczen’s crash in the 450 Main Event at the 2018 San Diego Supercross. From what the team has told us, Roczen said that he thought he may have gotten on the throttle too soon and caught the rut that was in the bowl turn, which is why the bike rocketed out from underneath him and into Cooper Webb. Roczen then fell into the rear-wheel of Webb’s Monster Energy/Knich/Yamaha Factory Racing motorcycle and injured his hand in the moving rear wheel.
Honda told us that Roczen underwent a very early evaluation at the Alpinestars Mobile Medical Unit and a fractured metacarpal in his right hand was discovered. Roczen will have a full evaluation on Monday morning to see if this is the extent of the damage or it there is more than initially noticed, and then will set a recovery plan from there.
UPDATE FEBRUARY 11TH 7:20 PM | Roczen posted images of his right arm, shoulder, and hand on Sunday evening, which all showed signs of road rash caused by contact with the spinning tire. In his caption for the post, Roczen confirmed that he will undergo a surgery on Friday to repair some of the damage and will know more about the injury soon.
On Saturday evening we spoke with Team Honda HRC and at that time, there were no plans to bring a fill-in rider to the vacant bike. Depending on the length of time that Roczen is out, this is a decision that we expect could change.
UPDATE FEBRUARY 17TH 7:56 AM | On Saturday morning, we received updates from both Honda and Roczen regarding his injury following a successful surgery the day before. According to Honda, “the damage was more extensive than originally diagnosed.” As of now, the timeline for Roczen’s recovery is six to eight weeks.
On Friday, @kenroczen94 underwent successful surgery at the Steadman Clinic in Vail, CO, to repair injuries sustained during his crash in San Diego. Unfortunately, the damage was more extensive than originally diagnosed. During surgery, Dr. Viola cleaned up a chip at the base of the thumb and hook of hamate, repaired the fractured second metacarpal with a plate and screws, and also repaired torn ligaments. The initial prognosis is 6-8 weeks, but Roczen will be reevaluated throughout his recovery. He will still attend multiple races and dealer appearances throughout the remainder of the season. Everyone at Honda wishes you a speedy recovery and can’t wait to have you back out there.