Red Bull KTM Factory Racing heads to the fifth round of the MXGP World Championship this weekend without their MX2 class hotshoe Rene Hofer as the 18-year-old Austrian has undergone shoulder surgery following a crash at Wednesday's MXGP of Riga.
Hofer was battling forward in Race 2 when he took a hard fall battling with Ruben Fernandez inside the top 10. Hofer took to social media this morning with an update on his condition and to announce he will be sidelined for the foreseeable future.
Below is the full press release from KTM:
Red Bull KTM Factory Racing’s Rene Hofer has begun the first phases of recovery from a broken left shoulder sustained in a second moto crash at the recent Grand Prix of Riga in Latvia. The eighteen-year old MX2 racer underwent surgery in Austria and will now embark on a two-three month convalescence.
Hofer, who has already shone with top-five Grand Prix speed in his first full season with the factory KTM 250 SX-F in the MX2 class, crashed midway through the second race at the Kegums circuit last Wednesday for what was the fourth round of the 2020 FIM world championship. He was taken to the Medical Centre where a fractured left shoulder joint was diagnosed through x-ray and scans. Hofer then flew home directly for a reparatory operation to insert a plate and eight screws at the hospital in Wels and with a procedure successfully carried out by Dr Lang.
The young Austrian will have the injury monitored as he bids to heal and soon return to the saddle.
Rene Hofer: “I got a kick into the jump and went flying, so I had to get rid of the bike in the air and felt a big impact when I landed. Once we knew the shoulder was broken we got transferred back to Austria. There was a lot of pain and not much sleep so I’m really glad it is fixed now. A big thanks to Dr Lang for his work and also for arranging the operation so fast. This really hurts in two ways: the injury of course but also because the season was just starting again and this is a big setback. I’m really sorry for the team and I’ll do my best to be back as soon as possible.”