Two weeks after undergoing surgery to have a plate inserted in his hand following a second moto crash at round two of Lucas Oil Pro Motocross at Glen Helen, Honda HRC’s Christian Craig is back on the bike and will return to racing this weekend at the High Point National, according to his Instagram post.
In his second race filling-in for the injured Ken Roczen, Craig grabbed the holeshot in the second moto at Glen Helen and led four laps before crashing and sustaining a boxer’s fracture while running in third.
“Twenty minutes in, my front end tucked on a jump and I went down hard,” he said in a statement at the time of the injury. “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."
Craig is currently 14th in 450MX points after missing round three of the championship at Thunder Valley.