News 2 Dec 2010

AMA SX: Byrne undergoes surgery, set for Phoenix return

Aussie Michael Byrne is recovering from surgery in Florida.

Aussie Michael Byrne is recovering from surgery in Florida.

Queenslander Michael Byrne has undergone surgery to help heal his wrist that he dislocated at the Paris Bercy Supercross in France last month.

Byrne, who will ride in the U.S. for Team next season, crashed on the Friday night and suffered yet another frustrating injury as he fights to rebuild his career.

“It is a bummer for sure that Michael got hurt, but the injury could have been so much worse,” team owner Forest Butler commented. “In the big picture, he will possibly miss Anaheim 1 and then will be back for Phoenix, that isn’t bad at all.

“Michael has been unbelievable to work with so far, and this is just a small bump in the road. There are still nine months with 28 races to go in the year after Anaheim 1, we have plenty of time to achieve all our goals together.”

After 24 hours of consultations from top doctors in Paris, it was decided that minor surgery would help to heal his wrist both quickly and safely.

The surgery placed three small pins in Byrne’s wrist to help stabilise the injury, and post surgery reports were very positive in terms of minimal ligament damage.

Byrne stayed in Paris for a few days to have the swelling drained and then hoped a plane back to his American base in Florida on Tuesday.

It’s now expected that the pins will be removed in three weeks, with Byrne set to return for Phoenix’s second round of the AMA Supercross, an FIM World Championship, series in January.