Husqvarna Motorcycles has issued a press release regarding Colton Haaker’s pending surgery, which will force him to miss the rest of the 2017 AMA National EnduroCross Series. The Rockstar Energy Husqvarna factory rider is the defending AMA EnduroCross Champion. Here’s the official word:
Rockstar Energy Husqvarna Factory Racing’s Colton Haaker will be relinquishing his fight for the 2017 Endurocross Championship. Due to an injury sustained at the beginning of the Endurocross season, Haaker will undergo a minor surgery to remove the bursa sac in his elbow and clean up the remnants of an existing staph infection. Doctors are unsure of the recovery time needed, but Haaker stated “I am looking to be 100% in time to defend my 2017 SuperEnduro World Championship title.”
The bursa is a sac filled with lubricating fluid, located between such tissues as bone, muscle, tendons, and skin. The fluid is effectively a cushion that decreases rubbing, friction, and irritation of the skin over these tissues.
Haaker got off to a good defense of his AMA EnduroCross crown at the series opener in Las Vegas, Nevada, when he won the main event after a bar-banging battle with former series champion Cody Webb. However, since then the Husqvarna man has had a tough time finding the top of the podium again. Haaker grabbed the early lead at round two of the series in Reno, Nevada, only to crash and drop back into the pack. He would fight his way through to third place. He once again struggled at round three in Denver, Colorado, although he improved to second place while Webb streaked to his second consecutive round win. At round four in Everett, Washington, Haaker ran second for much of the main event, but the decision to wait until the final lap to take the joker lane dropped him back to third place behind winner Webb and runner-up Trystan Hart.