Martin Davalos undergoes MCL surgery, reveals C7 fracture

April 13, 2018

After undergoing knee surgery, Martin Davalos appears likely to miss the start of the Lucas Oil Pro Motocross season.

The Monster Energy/Pro Circuit Kawasaki rider was originally injured in February at the 250SX East opener. He gutted it out through the next few supercross rounds before sitting out the Indianapolis race, but is now set for an extended period of absence.

In an Instagram post, Davalos revealed that, in addition to a herniated disc and torn MCL, he is also dealing with a fractured C7 vertebrae. Although no surgery is required for the neck injury, it will require him to take some more time off the bike in order to safely heal up. Davalos also announced that he decided to use the downtime to get his MCL fixed.

No official timetable was provided, but it looks like a safe bet that he won't be on the line when the outdoor season begins.

Davalos was one of last summer's biggest surprises in Lucas Oil Pro Motocross, as he finally received the opportunity to race a 450 outdoors and then snagged a couple podium finishes late in the season. Despite the success, he was slated to return to the 250 Class this year.

You can read Davalos' full update below:


Hey guys! I just wanted give you all an update as this season has been very tough for me. As most of you know, I was in pretty bad shape after the Dallas crash. After a ton of evaluations and numerous doctor visits we learned that in addition to the herniated disc that I had been dealing with, I also have a fractured C7. I feel beyond blessed by the Lord for keeping me safe while I was racing with this condition, also very fortunate that there is no need for spinal surgery. After taking what the doctors have said about my neck into consideration, we’ve decided I’m gonna need some time to really heal up and get better. With that being said, I decided to also get my knee fixed that way when I come back my body can be at percent. I’m beyond thankful for everybody that has had my back while going thru this.... also can’t thank everyone enough on the team for working so hard for all of us, it’s been nothing but amazing to be a part of the @monsterenergy @pcraceteam @racekawasaki once again, I hope to be back soon but till then im gonna make sure my body is at its best @scottmotosports @foxmoto @foxracing @atlasbrace @ctikneebraces @hinsonracing @ridedunlop @renthal_moto @twin_air @maximausa @iamspecialized @pairofthieves @bell_powersports

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