Sobe Suzuki’s Danny Smith To Have Knee Scoped Tomorrow

Excellent supercross season could be cut short by only a couple weeks

TEMECULA, Calif. (April 1, 2003) — The wreck was spectacular. The aftermath was not, though Team Sobe Suzuki’s Danny Smith got away with what he calls “A little bump in the road.”

In the first 250 heat race at Houston’s Reliant Park last Saturday, Smith was battling for the lead with friend Chad Reed, when he lost control of his bike in a rhythm section and rammed his right knee into the ground.

The prognosis, following an MRI yesterday: Slight meniscus tear, along with some floating bone chips (which the physician said were “likely” already present prior to Saturday’s wreck).

Tomorrow morning in Temecula Smith will undergo arthroscopic knee surgery to either fix the tear in his meniscus, or have a portion of it removed all together. “Very common surgery,” is what Smith’s physician told him.

“I’m not too worried about it,” said Smith. “At best I’ll be out one to two weeks. At worst, four weeks.”

Smith then added this about the wreck: “I was just trying to hold my line, not let Chad (Reed) get by. Chad and I are friends and everything, but you have to do that to get to the next level. I wasn’t trying to be a hero or anything. It’s just how you get better.” 

Smith is currently in 6th place overall in the 125 Western Regional title chase in the AMA/THQ Supercross Series. But with the absence of Suzuki’s top 250cc riders (Pastrana, Tortelli and Roncada), Smith has been a bright spot for Roger DeCoster’s squad, placing very highly in the 250 class main events while keeping sharp for the remaining 125 Western Regional season. In his last 125 West race, Smith finished on the podium at San Diego. A wreck at San Francisco forced him out of that race (and near the podium in the points chase), but he quickly rebounded and assumed the responsibility of racing the factory RM 250s.

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