DYLAN FERRANDIS INJURED: OUT FOR 2022 FOX RACEWAY NATIONAL
We’re sad to report that the reigning 450 National Champion will miss this Saturday’s race and the beginning of the 2022 Pro Motocross season. Dylan Ferrandis was ultra-fast and consistent in 2021 when he scored 7-moto wins and ultimately won the Championship with a 73-point lead over Eli Tomac. Coming into the 2022 Outdoor season, Ferrandis had spent more time riding motocross than most of his competitors because after he was injured in Detroit, he took the rest of the series off to heal up and prepare for his title defense.
Sadly, the title will escape Dylan and he won’t be able to run the red plate this weekend at Pala after he injured his thumb during Tuesday’s press day riding. Read his statement below:
Dylan Ferrandis posted via instagram: “Unfortunately I had a small crash Tuesday and I hurt my left thumb, I thought it was minor sprain, but the medical exam showed broken ligament with Stener effect, which mean it will never recover without a surgery.
I wanted to try to ride Saturday, but without surgery in the few weeks the ligament can die and the damage can be irreversible for the rest of my career. We decide with the team to go for the surgery now to have me back at my full physical capacity as soon as possible that mean I will miss the beginning of the motocross season.
I am at the saddest point of my career to have to miss a championship that I won last year and to not put the #1 plate where it belongs, I worked so hard and invested everything I could to win this championship again—this sport is so ruthless. I have broken heart for my sponsor and people that help me. I’m sorry.”
WHAT IS THE STENER EFFECT?
Dylan suffered what would more accurately be described as an Ulnar Collateral Ligament injury. It happens most commonly when the thumb is subject a sudden force. The symptoms are pain, swelling and thumb instability—all of which are aggravated by holding onto handlebars. A Stener lesion occurs when the displaced or torn Ulnar Collateral ligament flicks back and ends up on top of the wide band of fibrous material that connects to the muscle that controls movement of the thumb towards the index finger (as in a pinching motion) to the point that it cannot function properly. Unfortunately, Stener lesions and Ulnar Collateral Ligament ruptures often require surgery.