De Keyrel Will Miss Supersport Race At Indianapolis Motor Speedway

Kaleb De Keyrel MMP

Kaleb De Keyrel, shown here racing earlier this summer at Miller Motorsports Park, is currently 11th overall in Supersport points.

As some of you may know, I broke the head of the radius near my elbow in a motocross crash while training for round seven of the MotoAmerica Supersport series. I had surgery in California and rode practice and Qualifying 2 on Friday, July 17, at Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca. I tried to keep my track time down to focus on Sunday’s race, but after Q2, my team and I talked with MotoAmerica’s track physician, Dr. Rossi, and decided it was best for me to skip the race.

After returning home, I scheduled an appointment with another orthopaedic surgeon, Dr. Leon McCarty, here in Minnesota. He took X-rays of my elbow and did not like what he saw. I had a CT scan last Saturday, July 25, and received the results Wednesday. The screw inserted during the surgery is holding the bone together, but there are two other breaks. After consulting with Dr. McCarty and Dr. Tom Bryan in California, we decided another surgery is not a good option for me at this time.

I am physically able to fight through the pain and race at Indianapolis. There is, however, an extremely high chance that, if I were to crash, I could destroy my elbow and never be able to race a motorcycle again. So I decided that one event is not worth the rest of my career. If everything goes as planned, I will be at New Jersey Motorsports Park, 100 percent healed, for the final round of the MotoAmerica season.

We may not understand why some things happen in our lives, but the struggles will show our true character and eventually make us stronger. Thank you, Dr. Bryan and Josh Hayes, as well, for your guidance.

Kaleb De Keyrel MMP

Kaleb De Keyrel, shown here racing earlier this summer at Miller Motorsports Park, is currently 11th overall in Supersport points.

As some of you may know, I broke the head of the radius near my elbow in a motocross crash while training for round seven of the MotoAmerica Supersport series. I had surgery in California and rode practice and Qualifying 2 on Friday, July 17, at Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca. I tried to keep my track time down to focus on Sunday’s race, but after Q2, my team and I talked with MotoAmerica’s track physician, Dr. Rossi, and decided it was best for me to skip the race.

After returning home, I scheduled an appointment with another orthopaedic surgeon, Dr. Leon McCarty, here in Minnesota. He took X-rays of my elbow and did not like what he saw. I had a CT scan last Saturday, July 25, and received the results Wednesday. The screw inserted during the surgery is holding the bone together, but there are two other breaks. After consulting with Dr. McCarty and Dr. Tom Bryan in California, we decided another surgery is not a good option for me at this time.

I am physically able to fight through the pain and race at Indianapolis. There is, however, an extremely high chance that, if I were to crash, I could destroy my elbow and never be able to race a motorcycle again. So I decided that one event is not worth the rest of my career. If everything goes as planned, I will be at New Jersey Motorsports Park, 100 percent healed, for the final round of the MotoAmerica season.

We may not understand why some things happen in our lives, but the struggles will show our true character and eventually make us stronger. Thank you, Dr. Bryan and Josh Hayes, as well, for your guidance.