After chasing rumors for the last two days, Cycle News has finally been able to confirm that Martin Davalos suffered a broken ankle while practicing at Milestone earlier this week. According to a source at Kawasaki, Davalos has already undergone surgery to repair the damage.
“I’m just so heartbroken right now, it’s hard to really put it into words,” said Davalos. “This season was going exactly the way I had hoped and all the time and effort we’ve put in to making the Kawasaki KX250F fast was paying off. I’m trying to be positive because we were doing the right things, but this is a tough one to swallow for everyone. We won’t get the chance to finish what we started, and that stings. This is the brutal reality of our sport at times and it’s not going to be easy to watch everyone line up on the gate Saturday night without me.”
This is a huge blow to the Monster Energy Pro Circuit Kawasaki rider, who was sitting atop the 250 SX East Supercross standings at the time of his injury. After years of disappointing outcomes, Davalos was finally in position to win his first supercross championship, holding an eight-point lead in the standings with two rounds remaining on the schedule. However, these injuries mark yet another blow for the rider from Ecuador.
With Adam Cianciarulo already out with an injury, the Monster Energy/Pro Circuit/Kawasaki team will not be at the New Jersey round this weekend.
"It is a shame that we had all of our guys get injured on the East Coast," said team owner Mitch Payton. "We were in a great position to win another title and I feel for Martin right now. He has already had surgery and is going to push to get back as soon as he can. With Blake we didn't want to risk anything, so we are going to make sure he can ride with the contact lens and hopefully he can come back and get a win in Las Vegas."
The East Region effort for Monster Energy/Pro Circuit/Kawasaki was enjoying one of its most dominant seasons to date leading into New York. Collectively Davalos, Cianciarulo, and Baggett helped the team top the charts in every practice through the first seven rounds, win all but one heat race the team was entered in, and put at least one Monster Energy/Pro Circuit/Kawasaki bike on the podium at each stop. Additionally, the team boasted a pair of podium sweeps at AT&T Stadium in Dallas and at the legendary Daytona Supercross.