While leading the opening lap of 450 Moto One at the 2018 Glen Helen Motocross, Christian Craig made a small mistake over the tabletop jump that was located in the middle of the canyon section and cased the obstacle on his Team Honda HRC motorcycle. The miscue caused Craig to lose control of the bike and he was thrown to the ground with a vicious tumble, but he was able to get off of the track without getting hit by another rider. Craig was able to remount the motorcycle, but rode directly back to the pit area due to a leg injury and was treated by the Alpinestars Mobile Medical Unit staff.
Although it’s still very early, it sounds as though Craig suffered a torn ACL in the crash, as he told the team he felt the “pop” sensation that’s known to occur with the injury and left the track on crutches. If this is the case, his summer is likely over due to the surgery and length of time required for a full recovery.
UPDATE MAY 28 7:45 AM | Craig has confirmed that he has torn the ACL and will undergo surgery to repair the damage, which will take place in the next few days and sideline him for the remainder of the summer.
This is the third year in a row that Craig has suffered some sort of injury at Glen Helen. In 2016, he fractured his tibia and fibula after a collision with then-teammate Jordon Smith. In 2017, he suffered a boxer’s fracture in his hand after a crash.
As most of you know I crashed while leading the first moto yesterday. When I got up and tried to walk I felt a pop in my knee and knew right away what that meant. It was so hard to sit there and know my season was over. It was confirmed today after an mri and visit to @ocsportsdoc that I tore my acl and will need surgery. I can sit here and ask why me but instead I'm going to take this time off the bike to get better mentally and come back stronger and ready to fight for a championship. Thank you to everyone that has reached out and checked on me. Also huge thanks to the whole @honda_powersports_us team for the opportunity this year!