Derek Drake confirmed on Instagram today that he suffered a compound fracture of his femur in a recent practice crash.
If you’re squeamish, we don’t suggest looking at the photos below.
“Hey guys, over the past three weeks I’ve been getting back into riding and training and have been feeling really good on and off the bike, but unfortunately Monday I had a get off riding supercross and ended up compound fracturing my femur… I want to give a huge thanks to my family and friends for reaching out and taking care of me. Swipe to see a few videos of me riding the new @BarX_Motorsports Suzuki.”
Drake spent his rookie year in supercross with Troy Lee Designs/KTM in 2020, finishing seventh in the 250SX West Region. He was hindered by an illness in Lucas Oil Pro Motocross and finished just 20th in points.
After a year and half with TLD (he turned pro at Hangtown in 2019), he did not return to the team, as they switch to GasGas for 2021 and beyond. Pierce Brown returns to TLD, with Michael Mosiman moving over from Rockstar Energy Husqvarna.
In the post, Drake said he’d been testing with the BarX MotoSports Suzuki team, which is expected to run Suzuki’s 250 program with JGR shutting down, although that has not been officially announced.
There is no timetable on a return for Drake. Get well soon, DD.