CDR Yamaha's Dean Ferris will miss the remainder of the Australian Supercross Championship due to injuries sustained in a crash at the opening round in Jimboomba.
Ferris landed heavily in heat one of the SX1 qualifier on Saturday Afternoon, and lay motionless on the side of the track. RACESAFE Medical Team were quickly to his aid and assessed his injuries at the venue before being transported to hospital for further tests and evaluation.
Doctors determined a concussion as well as severe bruising to his right lung and began immediate treatment to keep his body under control. He was in ICU for a night before going to a general ward the following morning and then released from hospital on Tuesday afternoon.
“I don’t recall anything of the crash, but my Doctors are confident they have everything under control and I will make a full recovery,” Ferris begins. “There were some concerns around my lung, but they are happy with the progress and now it’s just a matter of rest and relaxation to ensure everything stays on track.
“It’s hard to put a time frame on it but due to the lung issue, my doctor has told me to lay low for four to six weeks and no physical exercise and then they can assess me from there and we can begin the process of building strength and condition back.
“With the tight schedule of this years’ supercross championship, I will be out for the remainder of the series but already looking forward to getting back on the bike and continuing my goal of racing in the US in 2019,” Ferris ends.
CDR Yamaha Monster Energy Team will continue with Dylan Long but a replacement rider is yet to be determined at this point as team manager, Craig Dack, processes what his next move is and assists Dean in his recovery.
“At this point no decision has been made either way and we are just coming to terms with what happened on the weekend. Dean has had an amazing three year run with us so his injury has been a bit of a shock and at the moment we are doing what we can to assist.
“Our short term focus is to get Dylan up the front, give Dean what he needs for his recovery and then assess what our next move is from there.
“On behalf of everyone at CDR, we wish Dean a quick and full recovery and look forward to seeing him back at the track as soon as possible,” Dack ends.
Round two of the Australian Supercross Championship hits Coolum on the Sunshine Coast on October 6.