Team Makita Suzuki Racing’s Ivan Tedesco Hopes to Overcome Three Broken Bones Before Anaheim SX

Courtesy American Suzuki

BREA, Calif., American Suzuki Motor Corp. (ASMC) announced today that
Team Makita Suzuki Racing’s Ivan Tedesco suffered three broken bones in
his left hand after competitor James Stewart landed on him during
practice at round one of the Amp’d Mobile World Supercross GP at the
Rogers Centre in Toronto, Canada, on Saturday, Dec. 2, 2006.

Tedesco underwent an X-Ray on Monday with his personal physician after
returning to the United States. Doctors said that in spite of the
severity of the injury, nothing is displaced and the bones should heal
naturally in approximately four weeks. Currently, surgery is not an
option due to extreme swelling and abrasions that could result in

“I’m so disappointed,” said Tedesco. “We’ve put so much time and work
into getting ready for the Supercross season, just to have it taken
away in the first practice session by a careless move. But what’s done
is done, and now I just hope I’ll be ready for Anaheim I in January.
The championship is what’s important and I don’t want to miss any races
if I can help it. Even if I’m not 100 percent, I’d still like to try to
race so I can get as many points as I can.”

Added Makita Suzuki Team Manager Roger DeCoster: “It’s too early to
really speculate on exactly when Ivan will be able to race. The doctors
are going to wait until the swelling goes down and cast it and then
he’ll need several weeks to recover. We just need to give it some time.”

Tedesco, 25, won consecutive AMA Supercross Lites-class West Supercross
Championships in 2004 and 2005. He also captured the prestigious AMA
Motocross Lites-class Motocross Championship in 2005 and then finished
fourth overall last year in his rookie Supercross-class season.


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