Geico Honda’s Will Hahn has been released from the hospital after suffering a compress fracture of his T-5 vertebra in his practice crash at Angel Stadium on Saturday night.
“I’m definitely sore, but it could have been a lot worse,” Hahn said in a Geico release. “The pain isn’t that bad, so I’m not complaining.”Hahn will be replaced by 19-year-old Jimmy DeCotis until he is healthy enough to return. DoCotis has already been flown to California where he hopes to get in some testing prior to racing this weekend at Chase Field in Phoenix. Hahn was rushed to the hospital by the team and said he was thankful for everything his new teammates did for him.
“They drove the Mule to the hospital,” Hahn said. “That’s pretty daring. I can’t say enough about the support I’ve got from Ziggy and Jeff [team co-owners Rick Zielfelder and Jeff Majkrzak] and the rest of the team. I feel so thankful they were around me like that and were full of positive things to say.”Hahn is likely to be out of action for at least two months.”I’d do anything to be out there riding right now,” Hahn said. “Your back is something pretty serious to be missing with, so the priority now is getting better. I’m thankful it’s not as bad is it could be, and I know I’ve got plenty more time to ride.”