Cypress, CA (January 10, 2006) - - Yamaha Factory mechanic Darrin
"Rookie" Sorenson admitted himself into Riverside Community hospital
last Thursday January 5, 2006 with symptoms of blurred vision and
impaired speech. The affable mechanic, who earned "Mechanic of
the Year" honors for his efforts during Chad Reed's Supercross
Championship season, remains hospitalized in stable condition.
An MRI and Scans have established that a weak blood vessel near the top
of his brain began to leak causing swelling of the brain. Fortunately,
without the need for surgery, the bleeding has subsided with his
condition and symptoms continually improving.
Initially, Darrin experienced symptoms last Wednesday but felt that
possibly medication, a result of a recent "overjump" which injured his
ankles riding motocross, was the culprit. It now appears that the
leaking vessel was not a result of his crash or the medication but
rather an existing, isolated factor.
Yamaha, his teammates, and his fans wish "Rookie" a quick recovery and
hope to see his good nature back in the pits and his hard work up on
the podium soon. Cards and letters for Darrin Sorenson can be
sent to Yamaha Motor Corporation, attn: Racing Department at 6555
Katella Ave. Cypress, CA. 90630.