News 27 Jan 2021

Sexton to remain sidelined through opening Indy rounds

Extent of shoulder injury finally revealed following further scans.

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Further scans have revealed Chase Sexton suffered a contusion and strain of the right rotator cuff and scapula, sidelining him for Indianapolis this weekend.

Sexton crashed out of the lead at Houston 2 and, while initial evaluations confirmed he didn’t have any fractures or tears, a lack of strength led to additional examinations.

The Team Honda HRC 450SX rookie is currently recuperating at home in Florida, not yet physically ready to compete. As of now, the target is for him to return next Saturday, 6 February for the third event in Indianapolis.

“After my shoulder injury from Houston 2, I feel a little bit better,” said Sexton. “I have range of motion back, but I’m still pretty weak in the shoulder. The MRI results came back good; it’s just a really bad strain and contusion in my right shoulder and shoulder blade.

“I wish I was racing this weekend in Indy, especially it being my home race, but my goal is to be back for Indy 3; that’s what we’re shooting for. I’m trying to gain strength in my shoulder because I don’t really want to come back unless I’m ready to go win – I want to be 100 percent.

“It’s going to be a tough one, but hopefully we can get back and start competing where we left off—in the lead. I’m looking forward to seeing everybody at the races. It’s a bummer I’m missing my home race, but I’m excited to be there next Saturday and finish off the season strong.”

With Sexton out, Team Honda HRC will continue to be led by Monster Energy Supercross red plate-holder Ken Roczen as he aims for his first victory of 2021, as well as Jett Lawrence in 250SX East.