Mark Worth's pro career couldn't have started worse: he was literally injured one lap into practice at Anaheim 1, his first pro race. Worth crashed on a dragon's back and sustained a dislocated and fractured elbow, and a dislocated hip. While he's now back on the bike, Worth and the Motorcycle Superstore Suzuki team have decided to part ways, so that Worth can jump back into the amateur ranks one last time.
Since Worth hasn't even actually qualified for a pro race yet, and he still has time to qualify for the Rocky Mountain ATV/MC Amateur National Championship at Loretta Lynn's, the decision makes sense. He'll race Loretta's and then race the final three rounds of Lucas Oil Pro Motocross in August.
“I am just getting cleared to get back to training and as we looked at everything and my time off the bike we felt it would be best for me to get my confidence back and training all in place versus rushing into the Nationals,” said Worth today in a Motorcycle Superstore Suzuki press release.
“Marky is a very talented rider who has a bright professional career ahead of him," said team owner Jimmy Albertson. "It was an unfortunate injury he sustained, however, still having his amateur status available will allow him to get himself back to the level he needs to be at to run up front when he gets to the Nationals.”