American Suzuki Motor Corporation (ASMC) today announced that Team SoBe Suzuki factory rider Travis Pastrana will not compete in the remaining rounds of the AMA Outdoor National Motocross Championship.
Pastrana dislocated his right knee while performing a freestyle-motocross maneuver at the Gravity Games held in Cleveland, Ohio, on August 4, 2002. Pastrana is currently scheduled to undergo surgery to repair damaged ligaments in approximately three weeks.
“Our disappointment continues,” said Team Manager Roger DeCoster. “For us, the important thing is the racing path. I feel that we have very a competitive bike this year but it’s not being raced. My hope is that Travis will be back healthy for next season and we will for once have a full season without missing events because of injury.”
Pastrana, a former 125 Eastern Region Supercross Champion and 125cc Outdoor National Champion, won the Gold Medal at the 2002 Gravity Games and should be back for the 2003 AMA EA Sports U.S. Supercross season in January.