Honda HRC’s Christian Craig will undergo surgery today (Monday) to have a plate inserted in his hand following a second moto crash at round two of Lucas Oil Pro Motocross at Glen Helen on Saturday.
Craig said he expects to be back on the bike in a couple weeks after sustaining a “boxer’s fracture” in his hand.
“Twenty minutes in, my front end tucked on a jump and I went down hard,” he said in a statement. “I punched the dirt with my hand and ended up getting a ‘boxer break.’ Luckily the break isn't nearly as bad as it could’ve been. I’ll be getting it plated on Monday and hope to be back on the bike within a couple weeks.”
Per Sportsmd.com, a boxer’s fracture “is a fracture, or break, of the fifth metacarpal bone of the hand, at the metacarpal neck. This is the bone associated with the small finger. When fractured, usually after punching an object like a boxer, it is often angulated and/or displaced requiring reduction and or surgical fixation."
In his second race filling-in for the injured Ken Roczen, Craig grabbed the holeshot in the second moto and led four laps before falling back to third. While he was forced out of the race just eight laps in due to his crash, Craig said he was happy with his riding on the weekend.
“Although my day ended with an injury, overall I'm pleased with my riding today and happy I was able to put my bike up front.”
We will have more on an exact return date as its known.