UPDATE: Ken Roczen Undergoes Third Of Four Planned Surgeries
The 22-year-old was in third when he bailed out during the rhythm section and smashed into the dirt, causing a compound fracture, dislocated elbow and wrist, and tissue damage in his left arm. Prior to the accident, he had won the first two rounds of the 450 Main Event.
As Roczen continues to recover, he's been diligently keeping his fans, friends and family updated on his progress via Instagram. He posted a gnarly photo from his most recent surgery today that's graphic enough to make the toughest riders cringe:
To reduce the swelling, Roczen's doctor left seven incisions open. As of this writing, all of them have been closed.
"This obviously isn't the way I was hoping the Supercross season would go, but I've accepted the challenge and am putting all of my effort into getting healthy again. I want to thank everyone at The Steadman Clinic, and specifically Dr. Viola and 'Team Viola' for all the care," Roczen told Ultimate Motorcycling. "It's great knowing I have the best people possible helping me through this. The support from my fans and the industry on social media has been incredible too. I especially want to thank my team at Honda, which has truly become like a family, and of course my other partners who have been behind me 100%. I look forward to getting back to racing as soon as possible."
This tamer photo from Jan. 25 shows that doctors have installed metal stabilizers to support his arm:
Although the aftermath of Roczen's crash looks both harrowing and painful, it's good to see he hasn't lost his sense of humor...
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