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Injury Update: Austin Forkner

Austin Forkner reveals exact details of shoulder injury, reveals that damage was done months ago.

Monster Energy Pro Circuit Kawasaki’s Austin Forkner has had a turbulent time of it in recent years, but the last six months have been particularly cruel. A broken collarbone at Arlington, the eighth stop of 2022 Monster Energy Supercross, ruined his bid for the 250SX East title, but he returned before the end of that term to ready himself for an attack on 2022 Lucas Oil Pro Motocross. Little did he know that the labrum in his shoulder was torn in that Arlington crash and, unfortunately, a small hiccup before opening round of the outdoors only made that worse.

Words: Lewis Phillips | Lead Image: Align Media

It is a minor miracle that Forkner was so impressive at the opening round of 2022 Lucas Oil Pro Motocross. Finishing sixth overall, via 6-6 scores, was quite the performance, given the circumstances. Unfortunately, racing at the highest level whilst nursing a shoulder injury was not deemed to be sustainable and he has navigated his way to the sidelines again. Forkner confirmed the ins and outs of his current situation via the following message on social media.

“Just figured I’d give you an update. I know the injury report said something, but I didn’t really look at it. What really happened is that I tore my labrum back at the end of December and got it fixed to rush back for east coast. I ended up getting it torn in my crash in Dallas [Arlington]. I didn’t know it at the time, because my collarbone was broke. Why did my shoulder hurt? Well, my collarbone was broken. I probably should have got that checked out, in hindsight, but I probably wouldn’t have done anything differently. I had a crash at Pala, about three weeks ago, but it was just a tip over and not a big deal. I got back up, got on the bike and thought, ‘That does not feel right.’ I felt it pop whenever I hit. The doctors think that it was pretty much eighty percent torn or so, so it was not going to take much to finish it off. I have hardly ridden since then, but I raced and did not do too bad. I was not too disappointed with that [6-6 for sixth overall] after last season and thought that we could build on it. I took a shit load of ibuprofen, Toradol shots and extra strength Tylenol just to get through the day. Doctors said that it was not going to get better by itself or heal. It was like, ‘Man, do we want to keep doing this all season or do we just want to get it fixed?'”

For Monster Energy Pro Circuit Kawasaki, this is yet another blow. Cameron McAdoo bowed out of the outdoors after a crash at Fox Raceway 1 left him with a broken sternum and bleeding on his lungs. Jo Shimoda (third) and Seth Hammaker (seventh) will continue to represent the decorated ‘green’ team outdoors, with Jett Reynolds expected to return soon.


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