Walker Undergoes Successful Surgery On Injured Left Shoulder

Team Pro Circuit/Kawasaki/Chevy Trucks rider sustained injury at Phoenix; Expected to be off bike until April 1

IRVINE, Calif. (January 15, 2004) — Team Pro Circuit/Kawasaki/Chevy Trucks’ Matt Walker underwent successful surgery to repair his injured left shoulder sustained in a crash last Saturday in the 125 main event at the THQ/AMA Supercross race at Bank One Ballpark in Phoenix. The surgery was performed by Dr. Paul Murphy on Wednesday (Jan. 14) in San Diego to repair numerous bone chips, an injured humorous, torn tendons and significant ligament damage. He is expected to make a full recovery.

Walker, 22, McDonough, Ga., is expected to be in a sling for three weeks before beginning rehabilitation. It is anticipated that he will not return to riding before April 1 thus turning his focus toward the Chevrolet AMA Motocross Championships which begin on May 12 in Sacramento, Calif.

“I’m disappointed that my season had to end this way,” said an upbeat Walker. “Having gone through last season’s knee injury, and now this, has really taught me a lot about myself and how to make the best out of the cards that you’re dealt. I’m going to keep positive and focus on my rehab and reset my goals for the outdoor season. I want to thank Pro Circuit and Kawasaki for standing behind me.”

Walker first injured his left shoulder in a crash at Kawasaki’s test facility in Corona, Calif., two weeks prior to the start of the season. He decided to ride with a sore shoulder that caused him the most pain while going through the whoops. After a slow start at the opening round in Anaheim where he missed qualifying for the main event, Walker rebounded in Phoenix and had his Kawasaki KX125 back on track. He was in third place in the main event, looking to give Kawasaki an “all green” podium, before a crash in the whoops on Lap 4 ended his evening, and ultimately his Supercross season.

“My shoulder was only giving me problems in the whoops. I was fine everywhere else on the track,” explained Walker. “I guess this injury is a combination of both crashes, but Dr. Murphy said that I after the surgery my shoulder should be stronger than before.”