Reigning Baja 1000 Colton Udall is out of the 2016 SCORE Baja 1000!
Udall, the main man on the Ox Motorsports Honda 1X team suffered a serious clavicle injury while pre-running for the Baja 1000 in Baja California, Mexico, Tuesday night. Udall had been planning to solo the entire race distance aboard the 1X machine. On Thursday morning, Udall took to his Instagram page to explain what happened.
“I tried really hard to keep this quiet but I feel I owe it to my family, friends and fans,” Udall said. “I made a stupid mistake Tuesday night while Pre-Running for the Baja 1000 and crashed. I broke my left clavicle but, Fortunately, I have an amazing orthopedic Doctor and friend @scazf Dr Adam Franklin who literally put me back together less than 24 hours later.
“For the first time in 9 years I won’t be racing in my favorite event of the year, the #baja1000, and I am so deeply saddened for selfish reasons but mostly because I let my team down. I entered this event thinking I was going to race every mile, and now I’m only going to ride for about 10 seconds. There’s a world of lessons my dirtbike has taught me, and the last few days have been a true test of my character. I am so thankful to have an amazing team of people around me, and I am sure @oxmotorsports will bring home the win and championship.
“I want to send a very special thank you to @robbygordon and crew for picking me up out of the desert, my mom and Melissa for being amazing care takers, @slamuels130 @jbones42 @dstokie5 @davidkamo @ianyounng @raydalsoglio @nicgarvin949 @ryanpenhall @austinmeyers809 for being an awesome group of racers, @kadinguard518 for working so selflessly on the 1x and 3x racebikes and lastly Rad Brad [Oxley] for chasing me around Baja.”
No official word yet on how the team will reshuffle its substantial talent pool to cover for the injured Udall as it attempts to score another Baja 1000 Pro Motorcycle win.