June 17, 2014
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Husqvarna 450 GP rider Tyla Rattray will be sidelined from competition for up to six weeks following surgery on Monday to repair the thumb ligament he tore in Maggiora over the weekend. Rattray crashed on the first lap of the second moto. This is his second stint on the sidelines after he had to pull out after reinjuring a broken finger at round one in Qatar. Rattray is expected to be out of action for four to six weeks. The 450 Grand Prix class can hardly afford to lose any more riders since they have trouble filling their small 30-man starting gates as is (typically running about 23 riders per race). Rattray is the fourth rider to be lost to injury this week—Joel Roelants, Evgeny Bobryshev and Jake Nicholls were also hurt in Maggiora

Tyla said, “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 okay. 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.”

IceOne Husqvarna team manager Antti Pyrhönen said, “Unfortunately injuries are a part 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.”


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