24MX Lucas Oil Honda rider Ken De Dycker suffered a fracture to his right upper leg during a practice crash at Royal Hills in France yesterday. The former MXoN winner underwent surgery today at a hospital in nearby Albi.

One week ahead of the first round of the FIM MXGP World Championship De Dycker was dotting the i’s and crossing the t’s in France. The popular Belgian was due to race in his second pre-season race this weekend at the Lacapelle-Marival International. In consultation with orthopedic surgeon Dr. Ghijselings Ken’s leg was successfully fixated during a surgery earlier today.

Working hard on his fitness with coach Joël Roelants and having made excellent steps in the development of his Honda CRF450R the gentle giant of the MXGP paddock was quietly confident about the new season. The injury of Ken De Dycker is obviously a huge blow to the newly formed 24MX Lucas Oil Honda team. Over the next few days the squad will consult its partners and decide on how to deal with the absence of their star rider.

Ken De Dycker: “Unfortunately injuries are a part of racing. But it’s such a pity to know that I will not be racing for a while now. I took quite a big hit and broke my thigh and had a big gash on my elbow. Luckily the surgery went well as they placed a pin in my thigh bone, so now I feel brand new again!
Over the winter everyone put in a lot of effort and I felt we were right on target. A big thanks to Joël my trainer, who also helped me with the practical stuff to organise my surgery, all our sponsors, fans and friends who send me wishing well messages. I’m sure we’ll be back strong. I can’t wait to show everyone what we’ve been working for.”

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