Last Updated: Oct 24, 2021 - 3:30am
Monster Energy/Star Yamaha Racing's Aaron Plessinger experienced a wild crash while battling Ken Roczen for the race lead in the first 450 class moto at Unadilla today. Plessinger had been all over Roczen for the lead of the race for the better part of 20 minutes when he landed hard after the finish line and immediately looped out. The big flipped over instantly and spit Plessinger onto the ground as he came down hard on his tailbone and lower back.
The bike was completely destroyed as mechanics came to retrieve it and take it away. Plessinger remained down for roughly two minutes as the Alpinestars Medical team assessed the Ohio native for any injuries. Plessinger was eventually able to stand under his own power and walk to the medical mule before being carted away.
The initial report from the team was that Plessinger did not have any broken bones but he knocked the wind out of himself and hit his head hard. He was in the medical truck being evaluated when we checked in with the team.
Plessinger would not be able to line up for the second moto as after being evaluated, he was sent to a local hospital for further evaluation. Unfortunately, that means this crash has put an end to his day at Unadilla.
UPDATE: Kendall Plessinger, Aaron's wife, took to social media on Sunday morning to explain Aaron's injuries:
"Update on @aaronplessinger_7 - He was released late last night with a bruised lung and is on his way back to us now! Thank you to everyone again who has reached out! I've tried to respond but I'm also alone with our kids in our motorhome. But our guy will be back at it soon."
UPDATE:Aaron Plessinger has provided a report on Sunday afternoon describing the crash and his injuries.
"Yesterday it really sucked to be riding that good and have it end up like it did. I ended up landing in a hole, which jarred my hand and sent the bike wide open," he explained. "I think I came out best case scenario, with a bruised lung and a slightly bruised liver. We'll go from here and see if I can ride this week or not. Really sucks, I was feeling good me and Kenny were really putting the hammer down. I'm more hungry now than ever, that win has been eluding me and I need to get it done before the end of the year. So let's get back to it. That's behind us now and we'll push on forward."