Tim Ferry¿s Wrist Injury Not As Bad As Expected

Yamaha factory rider¿s crash in the Anaheim whoop section injured wrist, but results from MRI this morning point to a “bad sprain” rather than a fracture

ANAHEIM, Calif., (Jan. 19, 2004) ¿ Team Yamaha¿s Tim “Red Dog” Ferry suffered a scare this past Friday during the first practice session at Anaheim 2 when he lost control in the whoop section, crashed, and jammed his wrist ¿ the same hand that he hurt his thumb during the Moto des Nations this past fall.

After a trip to the hospital, the tough Floridian rider was forced to sit out last Saturday¿s race. And though X-rays and an MRI proved to be negative as far as any broken bones go, Ferry says he¿s day-to-day concerning whether or not he¿ll race at San Diego this weekend, Round Four of the 2004 THQ/AMA Supercross Series.

Here¿s what Ferry said about the wreck: “I was in the whoop section and somehow my hand slipped off the handlebars and I jammed it when I crashed. Right away I knew something was wrong. So I went to the hospital and the docs there said nothing was broken. Then I got an MRI this morning and my doctor in Florida confirmed that it was just a bad sprain.”

Ferry, who is in seventh place overall in the 250cc class despite missing last week¿s race, said that his doctor told him the wrist was still very strong, and left it up to Ferry as to if he¿ll race this weekend (San Diego) or not.

“The swelling still needs to go down,” said Ferry. “So hopefully I¿ll be able to race this weekend. I actually tried to ride last Saturday morning, but I wasn¿t close to being able to compete. So I figured it¿d be better to sit out than do something stupid.”

Ferry also noted that his thumb, which he injured racing for the United States at the des Nations, came through the accident unscathed.

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