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Dec 23, 2010

Herrin Undergoes Wrist Surgery, May Miss Remainder Of Off-Season Testing

Daytona 200 winner Josh Herrin.
Graves Yamaha's Josh Herrin, the 2010 Daytona 200 winner and the third-place finisher in the 2010 AMA Pro Daytona SportBike Championship with five race wins, may miss the remainder of this off-season's testing after undergoing surgery Wednesday to repair the broken scaphoid bone in his left wrist.

"I broke it in 2006," Herrin told Roadracingworld.com in a telephone interview Thursday, "and after the crash [in the final AMA Pro Daytona SportBike race] at Barber, I re-broke it. The whole bone got snapped in half.

"At first it, was just sore, like it normally is when I bump it, but then a couple of weeks after that my pinkie and ring finger went numb and it started cramping up. So I decided to go in to see Dr. [Thomas] Bryan. We got an MRI, and it turned out it was re-broke.

"We were going to wait and have surgery at the end of the [2011] season, but we decided to get a second opinion. We went to see Dr. [David J.] Chao, in San Diego, who worked on [John] Hopkins' wrist. I went in last week, and we were able to have the surgery yesterday. He had to go in, shave the bone, get a bone graft from my wrist, fill in the hole and put in a screw."

Considering the scaphoid bone is notoriously slow to heal due to limited blood flow, we asked Herrin how long it would be before he was able to return to normal activity.

"[Dr. Chao] said the earliest would be six weeks to 10 weeks," said Herrin, "so it should be right around when [the season-opening race at] Daytona comes around when I will be able to start moving it around and stuff. Hopefully, we can get on the bike a little bit before then, at least ride some Supermoto."

Asked if this means he will miss the second Dunlop/AMA Pro Racing test, which is scheduled for January 17-18 at Daytona, Herrin said, "Yeah, we had that test and I think we had a test in Vegas planned. I think we're going to miss both of those."

Sacrificing the tests to get the injury fully healed was the right thing to do, Herrin said, for the 2011 season and for his future.

"Long-term, I'm thinking it's a good idea to get it fixed in case I fall or something," said Herrin. "Plus, it's a confidence thing, too, because whenever I ride I always think about it. I want to perform as good as I can next year, and I think that was one of the things that was holding me back a little bit last year."