Whilst we prepare ourselves for a titanic battle between Eli Tomac and Ryan Dungey, it is easy to forget who started the season with the red plate. Ken Roczen has, of course, undergone countless surgeries since his horrific fall at Anaheim 2 and is still fighting towards full fitness. Twelve weeks on from that incident, he has just undergone what is believed to be surgery number ten.
Details were sparse on his latest update, although a graphic image was attached. "Elbow surgery took a bit longer than expected," Roczen wrote. "Stoked we got it out of the way! Huuuge thank you to the doner! Very, very thankful." It still remains unclear when he'll be able to return to riding, as reports are varied, but he did post that "it'll be months until I can ride again" four weeks ago. The first round of the 2018 Monster Energy Supercross series is obviously the priority.
Before the elbow surgery, Roczen had a ninth operation on his wrist seven weeks ago. "They took a bone graft from my tib to repair my scaphoid," according to Roczen at the time. It was at that point that he also confirmed that the "injury was a lot worse than we thought. Not always fun when you wake up and you don't get the news you want to hear."
The good news, however, is that Roczen was able to start working out four weeks ago. Aside from that it is just a waiting game for one of the most popular athletes in the sport and his team, although HRC have named Christian Craig as his replacement for the outdoors.
Words: Lewis Phillips | Lead Image: Honda Racing Corporation