News 13 Jan 2023

‘Quick recovery’ expected by DiFrancesco following thumb injury

Ligament damage sidelines Pro Circuit Kawasaki team signing.

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Teenager Ryder DiFrancesco is expecting a ‘quick recovery’ after sustaining ligament damage in his thumb and undergoing surgery this week.

DiFrancesco, 17, contested select Pro Motocross rounds last season and earned a full-time position with Monster Energy Pro Circuit Kawasaki for 2023.

“Tough day in the office on Monday,” he confirmed. “I thought I just jammed my thumb, but turns out I pulled the ligament off the bone. I went under the knife today to fix it and this will be a quick recovery.”

The eight-time amateur national champion will continue outdoors with the Pro Circuit team when the new season begins on 27 May at Fox Raceway in Southern California. He wasn’t scheduled to ride 250SX in Monster Energy Supercross this year.

DiFrancesco’s status marked the second injury in a matter of days for the Mitch Payton-led official Kawasaki team, coming two days after 250SX West contender Austin Forkner saw his season unfortunately end at Anaheim 1.