Apr 16, 2002
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<BR><BR>Copyright 2002, Roadracing World Publishing, Inc.<BR><BR>AMA 250cc Grand Prix regular Greg Esser called Roadracingworld.com with an update on his condition, saying that he will race again.<BR><BR>Esser was injured in a crash at California Speedway on Friday, March 5 and was airlifted to a local hospital for treatment of a fractured ankle, dislocated shoulder and what was believed at the time to be a concussion. Shortly after arriving at Loma Linda University Medical Center, Esser underwent surgery to insert a metal plate and eight screws in his left ankle. The doctors who operated on Esser at Loma Linda told him that he might lose so much mobility in his ankle that he would not be able to race motorcycles again.<BR><BR>But after flying home to Florida, Esser saw his family physician of nearly 30 years, Dr. John Bodden, who told Esser that the doctors at Loma Linda did an excellent job of putting the ankle back together and he should expect only a small loss of range of motion.<BR><BR>Esser is planning to return to racing during the August 8-11 AMA National at Virginia International Raceway.<BR>