Tim Ferry’s Injured Thumb Not As Bad As Expected

Team Yamaha rider should be back on a bike in a couple weeks following gnarly Moto des Nations wreck that severely twisted his thumb

ANAHEIM, Calif., (Oct. 16, 2003) — Good news out of Team Yamaha’s camp today as it was just learned that rider Tim Ferry will not have to undergo surgery as previously thought to repair a severely injured thumb — suffered while riding for Team USA in the recent Motocross des Nations in Belgium.

Ferry, who injured the thumb in an accident on the fourth lap of the very first practice session, was able to soldier on for the United States and race to a top ten finish — despite being in excruciating pain and barely able to hold on to the handlebars of his YZ 450F.

“The track was muddy and I laid it out over a table top, lost the front end when I landed,” explained Ferry. “I twisted it (the thumb) back — far — and could tell right away something was wrong. The end result was that I couldn’t ride the way I wanted to the whole weekend and rode in quite a bit of pain, which wasn’t much fun.”

Honored to be selected to represent the United States at the des Nations, Ferry had focused solely on the once-a-year race, continuing his Outdoor National-style training and choosing to forgo the move back to the YZ 250 for some highly important track time for supercross.

“It was a sacrifice that I was happy to make for our country,” said Ferry. “I also missed out on a chance at a big chunk of money at the US Open, but it’s something I felt compelled to do. Guys like us, including RC and Ryno, make pretty good money doing what we do. But the Motocross des Nations happens only once a year and going to race for our country was very important to me.”

Ferry will be in a splint for two to three weeks, then it will be determined if he can get back on his bike, making the transition from the four-stroke back to the two-stroke. In the mean time he’s been staying on top of his cardio training, working out with a local bicycle road racing club.

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