We did not see RJ Hampshire’s crash nor have we seen any video of it since it happened, but the #24 Rockstar Energy / Husqvarna backed rider went down hard in a rhythm section during the first free untimed practice session at the Houston 3 SX and was forced to watch the round three main event from a local hospital. We were first told it was a hand injury that did not look too bad, but RJ just updated everyone and it was definitely worse than we originally suspected.
“Last week was rough,” RJ said.Saturday “I had a crash in free practice which resulted in a Perilunate dislocation to my right wrist, chipped my ulna and fractured a metacarpal in my left hand. They reset my wrist in the hospital Saturday but had surgery Wednesday to repair the ligaments. Obviously it’s devastating. I’m disappointed in myself and for the people that support me. All there’s to do is continue to be the best person I can be on and off the bike, pick myself up and move on. I have a lot left and will work on being better. I appreciate the support and looking forward to a better comeback!”
Heading into the 2021 season, RJ was near the top of everyone’s list as one of the possible 250SX Eastern Regional title contenders, although his season had started off rather underwhelming with a 5-9 scorecard in the main events to start 2021. RJ was 7th in the 250SX East Championship after two rounds and we are sure was looking to get his SX season turned around, but now that will have to wait until 2022. Hopefully, though, we will see him back and ready to go before the start of the 2021 Lucas Oil Pro Motocross Championship.
You can see RJ’s Instagram post below and give him a follow to keep up with his recovery.