Wil Hahn To Sit Out Hangtown Motocross Opener

Cycle News Staff | May 7, 2013
  Wil Hahns broken hand will keep him out of the first few rounds of the outdoor National MX Series.

Wil Hahn’s broken hand will keep him from competing in the first few rounds of the outdoor Nationals. Photography by Simon Cudby.

Wil Hahn, who just wrapped up the 250 East Supercross Championship, will sit out the first few rounds of the Lucas Oil AMA Pro Motocross Championship due to the broken hand he suffered at last weekend’s Las Vegas Supercross.

Hahn broke the hand when he fell during practice but was able to patch it up enough to go on and win the 250 SX title later that night, but he’ll have to undergo surgery Wednesday morning, May 8, to repair the hand. Dr. Arthur Ting, orthopedic surgeon and team doctor for the NHL’s San Jose Sharks, is scheduled to insert a plate to stabilize the broken bone in Hahn’s hand.

“It’s a real bummer for sure,” Hahn said. “I had so much momentum going for me after finishing on the podium at every Supercross race and we won the championship. I wish there was another way around it, but for my long term heath, surgery right now is my best bet.

“I’m just thankful it’s not as bad as it could have been,” Hahn said. “It doesn’t take anything away from the weekend I had in Vegas. I’m still pumped about winning the title.

“I’m still trying to sort through all the text messages, voicemails and tweets congratulating me on the championship. My family, friends and the fans have been awesome, and I can’t thank everyone enough.”

The recovery time for the injury is three to four weeks, and Hahn said he’s targeted a return date of June 22 for the Budds Creek National in Mechanicsville, Maryland.

Hahn’s teammates: Eli Tomac, Zach Osborne, Justin Bogle and Zach Bell will start the outdoor season on May 18 at the Hangtown MX Classic in Sacramento, California.