Tyla Rattray has been sidelined from competition for up to six weeks following surgery yesterday to repair a damaged thumb ligament sustained at round 10 of the 2014 MXGP series. Crashing on the first lap of the second moto in Maggiora, Italy, Red Bull IceOne Husqvarna Factory Racing team rider Rattray, who has been working hard to return to full fitness following a pre-season finger injury, was forced to retire. Scans on Monday revealed the damage to his right thumb, leading to immediate surgery.
Rattray is expected to be out of action for four to six weeks.
Tyla Rattray: “I’m hugely disappointed with what’s happened. Getting injured again is really frustrating for the team, Husqvarna and myself. We’ve been working so hard to get back up to speed following our bad start to the year. It sucks to be knocked back to square one again. When I crashed in race two I knew I hurt my thumb but I also knocked myself about and thought I would be ok. But after visiting my doctor on Monday I was immediately brought into surgery to reattach the ligament to my right thumb. I’m now looking at a four week recovery before I can start to ride again.”
Antti Pyrhönen (Red Bull IceOne Husqvarna Factory Racing Team Manager): “Unfortunately injuries are apart of our sport but I think we’ve suffered our fair share of them this year. It’s been a tough year for Tyla but we know he can come back strong and achieve top five results like he did at the MXGP of Great Britain. At the moment the priority is for him to recover properly and then hopefully start to ride again in four weeks.”