The Troy Lee Designs Red Bull KTM team have had a difficult term thus far and things did not get much better at the first round of the 2019 Lucas Oil Pro Motocross series. Mitchell Falk crashed at Hangtown and, unfortunately, sustained a broken collarbone that will require surgery. The news was confirmed on social media.
"Pretty dang bummed… Broke my collarbone and am going to have to get surgery. I tagged one of those big yellow track markers with my handlebar, landed cross rutted and got ejected. Really frustrated I haven't been able to ride to my true potential this year… I've been struggling and giving it 100% every single day to try and get back into my rhythm and get some momentum going again. Another bump in the road, nothing I haven't dealt with before and I will always come back fighting to be where I know I belong. Thanks to those who still got my back."
With Mitchell Falk out, as well as Sean Cantrell, the Troy Lee Designs outfit will continue to be represented by their two remaining riders. Shane McElrath (14-8) was their highest-placed rider at Hangtown.
Words: Lewis Phillips | Lead Image: KTM Images/Simon Cudby