Tortelli Out for Season

Team SoBe Suzuki manager Roger DeCoster announced that Sebastien Tortelli will miss the next six months of Supercross/Motocross racing with an injured left knee.

According to team officials, Tortelli will undergo surgery to repair a ruptured anterior cruciate ligament and damaged meniscus. The Frenchman is expected to be out of competition for the next six months.

"Fortunately, Sebastien is not suffering any physical pain. However, emotionally, he's very distressed. Not only is he unable to race, but he's also unable to be there to lead the team," said DeCoster in a team press release. "The doctors say he could race, but that would risk further injury and additional complications with his knee. Certainly, we are very disappointed for Sebastien. But we are optimistic about his having a quick recovery and we have faith he'll be racing with Team Sobe Suzuki again soon."

For DeCoster, the timing couldn’t be any worse as his other two riders are also suffering from some form of injury or illness. Travis Pastrana has already thrown in the towel on the 2003 Supercross season with nagging injuries and Stephane Roncada has spent the first five rounds battling the Epstein Bar virus.

Tortelli is expected to be back on the Suzuki squad in July.
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