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Roczen's injuries are worse than we thought

Jan 23, 2017

If you saw Ken Roczen's crash at the third round of Monster Energy AMA Supercross on Saturday night, you knew it was a big one even before he fell to earth.

Today, Roczen posted an update on Instagram and he has even more injuries to his left arm than we thought. In addition to the compound fracture of his forearm, his wrist and elbow were dislocated.

Needless to say, the guy who started the first two rounds of Supercross like he was an unstoppable freight train on the express route to the championship will not be winning a Supercross title in 2017.

Lots of riders said conditions were tough at Anaheim two. The crew did a great job keeping the track in good racing condition at all, considering all the rain in California last week. But the soft dirt in the low spots and the tricky ruts that formed made it easy for one small mistake to become a season-ending launch and crash. If you haven't already seen it, here's how it happened to Roczen.

As Brett Smith wrote in our Supercross season preview, "Roczen will no doubt be the fastest rider of 2017. He’ll probably win the most races but, just like Damon Bradshaw in 1992, there will be costly errors and races where he scores few to no points."

Brett was right. He usually is. But none of us, him included, thought that entire scenario would play out and be over in just three races.