News 14 Jan 2022

Extent of Anaheim injuries detailed by Nichols

Surgery on broken arms and back burns following opening round.

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Current 250SX East champion Colt Nichols has had surgery on his pair of broken arms, as well as a skin graft on burns to his back after that season-ending incident at Anaheim 1.

Nichols transferred to the western region this year, only to crash while leading the first heat race of the year and sustain the extensive injuries.

While detail has been limited since last Saturday, Monster Energy Star Racing Yamaha’s Nichols has moved to confirm his broken arms and the burns that each required attention in the operation understood to have been completed on Sunday.

“It’s been a tough week, but I wanted to share a quick update with everyone,” Nichols stated. “Unfortunately, my season was over before it started with my crash in the heat race last Saturday.

“I ended up breaking both arms and had surgery, as well as a quick little skin graft to help with the burns on my back from when the bike landed on me. I should be heading home any day to begin the recovery process.

“Life doesn’t always make sense, but we must get back up and keep going. Just like my championship post said last May — To Hell And Back — because I’ve overcome far too much to stop now. Appreciate all the messages and support more than you can imagine.”

The injury of Nichols leaves red plate-holder Christian Craig and Nate Thrasher as Star Racing’s lone duo in 250SX West, while last year’s title winner Justin Cooper – who was scheduled to switch to east this year – will also miss the entire Supercross season.