Ben Townley out with knee injury
One of Team Monster/Pro Circuit/Kawasaki’s newest members, Ben Townley,
injured his right knee yesterday while training at a test track in
Townley was examined by a team of orthopedic surgeons yesterday. The
result of the examination showed a torn ACL ligament and minor damage
to his PCL and MCL ligaments, which will require surgery and will cause
him to miss the entire AMA East Supercross Lites series. Surgery to
repair the damaged knee will be performed once the swelling subsides.
He will begin rehabilitation on his knee in order to be ready the AMA
Motocross Lites series which kicks-off in May.
Townley, 21, from Taupo, New Zealand, amazed all in attendance at the
2005 Motocross Des Nations by posting a second overall finish. He was
expected to make his U.S. debut aboard a Kawasaki KX(TM)250F at the first
AMA East Supercross Lites series race in St. Louis on February 18th.
Prior to joining Team Monster/Pro Circuit/Kawasaki for the 2006 SX/MX
season, Townley took home top honors in the FIM World MX2 Championship
in 2004, and further proved his abilities in 2005 by finishing third
overall in the FIM MX1 series. Townley was also a prominent rider for
ten years as a member of New Zealand’s Team Green(TM) amateur program.