Late last night, news came through regarding an injury Seth Hammaker suffered while training. The Pennsylvania native suffered a practice crash and wrist injury that will sideline him for the opening rounds of the 2023 250SX East Region. Hammaker was set to race alongside Jo Shimoda in the 250SX East Region that kicks off February 4 in Houston, Texas.
Hammaker took to Instagram to provide some details of his own.
“Devastated is an understatement. Crashed yesterday during practice in preparation for round 1 of east coast. Fractured arm/wrist. Surgery Friday to get this thing fixed up. It’s been a great off season till this point. Felt like I had all the pieces to compete for wins and be in the title fight. Focusing on what I can control now and use this to fuel the fire and come back stronger! Thankful to have good people behind me who have helped make the situation easier and continue to stick behind me @pcraceteam @racekawasaki”
The 2021 250SX Rookie of the Year started the 2022 season with a second and third in the first two 250SX West Regions to start the year before a practice crash sidelined him for the remainder of the supercross season. He returned and logged some solid rides in Lucas Oil Pro Motocross. In October 2022, Hammaker announced he signed a new two-year deal with Monster Energy/Pro Circuit Kawasaki that will see him on the team through the 2024 season. Hammaker said in an Instagram post he suffered a fractured arm/wrist and he will undergo surgery on Friday.
The team currently has Cameron McAdoo racing 250SX West Region and Carson Mumford has been brought onto the team as a fill-in for Austin Forkner, who is out for the remainder of supercross with a knee injury. McAdoo has two third-place finishes to start off the season and sits third in 250SX West Region standings after two rounds.
Below is the full press release from Kawasaki.
Monster Energy®/Pro Circuit/Kawasaki’s Seth Hammaker Injured During Pre-Season Training
Foothill Ranch, Calif – Monster Energy/Pro Circuit/Kawasaki rider Seth Hammaker will miss the opening round of the Monster Energy AMA Supercross Eastern Regional Championship in Houston, Texas on February 4th following a wrist injury sustained in a crash while practicing. Hammaker was on form to contend for the 250SX Eastern Regional Championship when a crash during a routine practice session resulted in an injury to his wrist. Hammaker consulted medical professionals and it was determined that the injury will force him to miss the opening rounds of the 2023 Monster Energy Supercross Eastern Regional Championship.
Hammaker, the 2021 Monster Energy Supercross ‘Rookie Of The Year’ award winner, claimed two consecutive podium finishes at the start of the 2022 Western Regional Championship and secured eight top-10 overall finishes in the AMA Pro Motocross season. The Monster Energy/Pro Circuit/Kawasaki rider carried that momentum into what had been a productive off-season of preparation prior to this set back which will delay him from his goal to once again challenge for race wins.
“It’s of course frustrating to have an injury right before the start of the season,” said Hammaker. “My training has been going really well recently and I feel that my speed and fitness are up to the level needed to race for wins. This injury will set me back a bit, but my full focus is on mending the injury and getting back out there on the track to compete at the highest level.”
Further updates on Hammaker’s expected return to racing will be provided when available.