Nick Romano was set for his Monster Power AMA Supercross debut this season, however an undisclosed damage in early January stored the #54 out of the primary 250SX East Area race final weekend in Houston, Texas. Romano and the Monster Power Yamaha Star Racing crew determined to have the New York native sit out the primary spherical as a way to restoration absolutely earlier than making his 2023 season debut within the upcoming weeks. However final night time, Romano took to Instagram to elucidate particulars of a brand new damage.
“Hey guys, so I don’t have the most effective of stories to be telling ya’ll,” Romano began with within the video submit. “I’m gonna be out for the entire 12 months. As a lot as that sucks to say, I’m going to lacking all of supercross and doubtless all of out of doors. I don’t actually have phrases. I ended up blowing out my knee—ACL and meniscus—final week throughout coaching. Like I stated, I don’t actually have many phrases.”
“Low season was going nice,” he continued, “was actually making a number of progress with the crew and my bike and simply all the things on supercross. I felt wonderful, health felt good, driving was good.”
Then he defined the damage he suffered in January—which was a shoulder separation—that stored him out for Houston.
“January 3 I had a grade three separation in my shoulder in order that’s what technically put me out for Houston final weekend,” he stated. “So January 3, I obtained harm, then a few medical doctors stated four-to-six weeks, which I noticed like, ‘Rattling, I’m going to overlook somewhat little bit of racing.’ I didn’t want surgical procedure and simply did bodily remedy principally each day, obtained my shoulder actually good and able to experience in three weeks precisely. So 21 days later, I used to be on a motorcycle. Felt good, felt sturdy. Didn’t lose that a lot velocity or health. After which yeah, that was a few weeks in the past.”
Then, he went into particulars on his knee damage this week.
“After which had about 4 or 5 days on the bike, and, yeah, simply throughout coaching, I blew up my knee,” he continued.” I didn’t crash, I didn’t fall, I didn’t dab it. It occurred off of a flip right into a bounce. I stood up on the bounce and put my leg on the footpeg and it [my knee] type of buckled. After which I hooked my foot, it was my proper leg, so I hooked my foot beneath the pedal so I may hit the bounce and felt it pop once more. And because it popped the second time, I simply felt my knee type of broaden, and I suppose that’s when you may say it tore. Type of exhausting to elucidate.”
“I didn’t know straight away. My day was accomplished. I went again and went house and iced it. Subsequent day it was fairly swollen so I went and obtained an MRI. That’s what did it. That’s what’s going to place me out for the season.”
“I don’t actually know what else to say. I’m past bummed. I used to be working tremendous exhausting. Sucks. I’ve been asking myself why…why for a pair days now. And I simply can’t appear to seek out the reply. However God has a plan for each one in every of us and I simply gotta belief the method and maintain chugging alongside. As a lot because it sucks…it’s going to be an extended course of to get me again to 100%. I’ll come again stronger—I do know I’ll. I at all times do.”
He stated surgical procedure will both occur later this week or early subsequent week.
Romano turns into the fourth manufacturing unit 250SX East Area rider out, becoming a member of Kawasaki’s Seth Hammaker (damaged arm) and Jo Shimoda (damaged collarbone) and Husqvarna’s Jalek Swoll (damaged arm) who’re all sidelined for the instant future.
In a 250SX East Area area with a handful of rookies making their respective professional supercross debuts, the 17-year-old (who turns 18 in March) was anticipated to be proper there within the combine turning heads as effectively. It’s loopy to assume how far Romano has are available only a few quick years. Coming proper off a supermini on the 2019 AMA Beginner Nationwide Motocross Championship at Loretta Lynn’s Ranch, Romano signed with Monster Power Yamaha Star Racing and went straight to a 250F. He made his professional debut with the crew throughout final summer time’s AMA Professional Motocross Championship, ending sixteenth within the 250 Class after competing in eight rounds.
Watch Romano’s full video under.