Ken Roczen had a massive crash last Saturday night in the 450 Main Event at Anaheim. After getting a mediocre start, Roczen was making his way through the pack. He got all the way up to 3rd place, and was pressuring his teammate Cole Seely for 2nd place, before crashing out on lap 10. Check out the crash here:
After winning the opening two rounds of the 2017 season, it looks like Roczen’s season is now over. He has provided us a few updates on Instagram, stating that he suffered a dislocated wrist, dislocated elbow, and compounded radius in the crash. The severity of his arm injury requires multiple surgeries (initial estimate of 4). No timeline for his return to racing has been announced; he’s out indefinitely.
Dislocated wrist, dislocated elbow and compounded radius. The first 30h absolutely sucked as none of the pain killers worked and it was really swollen. Gonna need few surgeries to get all this dialed. 🔴 I have gotten so many messages and was so pleased to read all of them. I didn't message back as the circumstances right now are just a bit gnarly and it would probably take me a day to reply lol. Just know i saw them! Love all you! Gonna need a few days for further info.
Got lucky with a lot of things the last few days but i got the luckiest with the people that r loving me And supporting me. Starting off with my amazing woman. Not just in times like this but on the daily. Also close friends and especially family and friends from Germany. Most important thing in life is be healthy and have great people around you. Even tho I am not healthy right now I feel like I achieved the rest. From Gf to friends to family to my amazing team @honda_powersports_us it makes all this shitty time only half as bad cause I got positive thoughts to hold on to. Got about 4 surgeries to go or so. All gonna be good. Or as @oswi_cbad and I say. " IT LL BUFF OUT" lol
It feels amazing to be spinning a bit. Not from the drugs but my legs. Closing all the cuts up and taking out some metal tomorrow for swelling and hopefully start preparing my arm piece by piece starting Friday. I can guarantee you that I will be doing everything to get that arm back close to perfect. Still have to wait to really know how long it is gonna take but I am young and strong. Nothing is impossible
My Opinion: Wow, such a brutal impact in that crash. Honestly, watching that was super scary; I’m glad Ken didn’t suffer more serious injuries. However, by the sounds of it, it seems like this arm injury is serious enough, and will most likely cause Roczen to miss the remainder of the SX season. Who knows, injuries like this can lead to many complications; Roczen may struggle to be back in time for outdoors. Let’s hope he heals up fast and 100%!
With regards to the crash, I think Roczen was just pushing a bit too hard. I’m sure he was thinking about Dungey out front, and was trying to catch him ASAP. That section was very difficult with many deep ruts and kickers, but yet Kenny was still trying scrub his way through it in order to make up time. I believe this is what got him, as he was unprepared to handle the unexpected kick.
Regardless of what happened, it’s definitely a shame that it did. Kenny was looking amazing on the new Honda, and I honestly think this was his SX season to win. He will now have to wait for 2018.
Heal up quick Kenny! Racing is better with you in it.