News 14 Jul 2016

Knee surgery sets Reardon up for SXAUS title defence

Jimboomba season opener the aim for injured CDR Yamaha racer.

Image: Jeff Crow.

Image: Jeff Crow.

CDR Yamaha’s Dan Reardon has undergone successful knee surgery this week and has penciled in a return to racing at the opening round of the Australian Supercross Championship at Jimboomba on 17 September.

Reardon damaged the ACL in his right knee during round six of the Motul 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,” said Reardon. “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.

“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.”

The CDR Yamaha team will continue to field a single-rider program with Dean Ferris at this weekend’s Conondale Motul MX Nationals event with no plans for a fill-in rider announced at this point in time.