The Husqvarna rider is expected to miss 6-8 weeks of riding.
By Hayden Gregory
Jason Anderson is currently ranked fifth in points following four rounds of the Lucas Oil Pro Motocross Championship. Recording four moto podiums, the 450 rider has been a showing of consistency for the Husqvarna team.
Unfortunate news broke earlier today in that Anderson has broken his collarbone in three different places following a practice crash. As a result he will now join fellow big names Ryan Dungey and Trey Canard on the sidelines really opening up the premier class field.
“I’m really bummed about this injury,” said Anderson in a statement. “I feel like I was building some momentum and last weekend’s second was the best outdoor overall of my career. I feel pretty lucky however after one of the worst crashes of my life and not missing a race in six years. Sometimes these things happen. I can only stay positive and see how the recovery goes. I’m hoping to come back before the Nationals are over.”
While Anderson is expected to return later in the season, any slim championship hopes he may have had, are now over. Team manager Bobby Hewitt shared his support for Anderson in his first major injury for the team.
“Unfortunately, injuries are a part of our sport and you never want to see any rider on any team get hurt,” Hewitt said. “Jason has spent his entire pro career with me and this is his first injury that will keep him out of competition in six years. Considering the severity of the crash we feel fortunate it is only the collar bone which will require surgery and a minor AC separation; that according to his doctors will heal on its own over the coming weeks.”