CDR Yamaha’s Dan Reardon had surgery on his injured knee this week and has penciled in a return to racing at the opening round of the Australian Supercross Championship on September 17.
Reardon damaged his ACL in his right knee at round six of the MX Nationals at Nowra a fortnight ago and spent the last week weighing up his options for surgery and the recovery period required.
“I elected to have a fairly new style surgery on my knee where basically I have a replacement tendon in my knee from a donor,” Reardon explains. “The options were to just keep rolling without an ACL, get the traditional surgery which has a four to six month recovery period or the path we choose with the replacement tendon.
“The doctors tell me the surgery went well and we are looking at a six to seven week recovery and rehab so while it will be pushing it, I will work hard to ensure I’m right to go for round one of supercross on September 17.
“At this stage of my career, it was a tough choice to make as the healing time was a big factor in determining the right course of action. The option of just racing through it was also considered but I believe that wouldn’t have been best for my knee, trying to race week in, week out.”
Reardon is the defending Australian Supercross Champion after winning the 2015 championship in his comeback year to racing and desperately wants to defend his championship in 2016.
In the meantime, CDR Yamaha will continue to pursue the MX Nationals championship with Dean Ferris currently sitting second in the points after six rounds.
Round seven fires up this weekend at the Conondale circuit on the Sunshine Coast, a favourite track of Ferris as he has done plenty of laps around the rolling hills of Green Park.
“I’m really looking forward to this weekend,” Ferris states. “It’s our first MX Nationals near home and I have always likes the track and have done well there in the past.
“It’s round seven and the points are pretty tight so this round will be an important one in the championship,” he ends.
Action starts this at 8.30am Sunday at Green Park, Conondale.