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Apr 26, 2002

USGPRU Chief Goes Under The Knife

From a press release:

USGPRU 125 GP National Series Director and 125GP rider for Gray Matter Racing Jonathan Flack to Undergo Surgery to Repair Multiple Fractures to his Right Clavicle Friday.

Dr. Elias Edward Khalfyan, MD of Orthopedics International will be performing the surgery. Dr. Khalfyan is team physician for the Seattle Seahawks Football Team and a Clinical Instructor in the Department of Orthopedics & Sports Medicine at The University of Washington.

Surgery will include a bone graft which will be taken from Jonathan's pelvis and insertion of a plate which will be fastened with between 6 and 8 screws to repair his clavicle which was broken in multiple locations producing numerous fragments. Jonathan is expected to fully recover and should be able to return to competition within 4-5 weeks.

Jonathan noted, "I owe a lot to my sponsors this year, especially GP Star Hollywood, Ian Emberton and BPS Racing who have all really helped us to achieve a great setup as evidenced by our front row qualifying position at Portland last week."

"The bike has been really fast with the new BPS Ignition and we have had no reliability issues with the setup at all, except for a couple inopportune clutch failures, and I really want to make a good showing in the next few rounds for everyone. I had hoped to make it down to Thunderhill for the opening round of the Western Region this weekend but the doctors won't have me out of surgery till Saturday so I have to miss out on this one, even if it would have only been to spectate."

"I hope to be in the gym in two weeks to regain any lost strength in my right arm and begin strengthening the tissue surrounding the injury so we can race at Willow for the second round of the Western Region of the USGPRU National, but this is up to the doctors and I don't want to risk additional injury by rushing things."

"I can't tell you how much it means getting all the phone calls and e-mail from all the 125 riders around the country, they are really an amazing group of riders. I especially wanted to thank Peter Hoffman for referring me to Dr. King's office (who operated on Peter's wrist after his big crash in Europe last year), they really helped reassure me that the treatment we were pursuing was the proper choice."

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