Professional Motocross racer Tommy Hahn, 26, of Decatur was flown to a Metroplex hospital after wrecking Thursday morning at a rural, private training facility west of Paradise.
Although initial calls to 911 reported a possible broken back and injured neck, witnesses on scene expect Hahn to make a full recovery. Hahn suffered a broken vertebra and a dislocated shoulder in the fall.
“He had all his feeling everywhere,” said Curtis Cunningham, who was at the track watching his son practice. “That’s a good sign in this sport.
“But this is part of it. Getting hurt is part of the territory. You fall down and get back up.”
But he added the wreck came at a bad time for Hahn who has recently had a couple of solid finishes.
In July he finished sixth in the 450 class in the Washougal race in Washington state. And just last weekend he had a third place finish, and finished 10th overall, at a race in Southwick, Mass. Hahn rides for Team Honda and Muscle Milk. His brother, Wil Hahn of Decatur, also rides professionally.
Hahn was injured at His 956 Facility. The track is located off a bend on County Road 3525. A dirt driveway opens up to acres of motocross dirt track. RV’s are clustered on a wooded hill.
The facility was created by Jerry and Tara Masterpool to honor their son, Jesse. On March 13, 2010, Jesse, 14, was killed in a motocross wreck at the Lake Whitney Amateur National. He rode for Rockstar Makita Suzuki and was considered one of the top 85cc riders in the country. He wore the number 956.
“He had a passion for the sport,” Jerry Masterpool said. “We know a lot of other kids have the same passion for it. We wanted to make a place that was safe for riders to train.
“I don’t encourage kids to ride. We tried to talk Jesse out of it several times. But if they have a passion for it, they are going to do it. So we just tried to create a responsible environment for them to do it in.”
Learn more about the facility at www.his956facility.com.