Tyler Bowers Issues Open Letter on Injury
I was planning on releasing this statement after the East/West shootout in Vegas, but unfortunately things have had to move up. I will be unable to compete in the Lucas Oil Pro Motocross Championship and the remaining rounds of Monster Energy Supercross to undergo surgery to my lower back. I have been dealing with two compressed discs as well as displacement of the L5 vertebrae resulting in sharp pain and numbness down my leg while sitting, driving, bending over, twisting or when I lower my chin.
The pain has now become constant and I have been unable to find any relief through medication, therapy, exercise, etc. I wear flip flops often because I am unable to bend down to put on or tie my shoes without severe pain. I have been mis-shifting my bike which led me to try a smaller boot size, but it was actually me losing the ability to control my foot. I now have sensations that something is crawling up my leg, but when I look down there is nothing there. My leg has now begun to tremble and it gives out on me as well. Never wanting to quit, I went to Houston to give it my best effort. Throughout practice, I struggled to deal with the pain as well as frustration from the limits my body has placed on me. I pushed myself during the Heat race and felt horrible afterwards. In the Main, it was evident that it was not safe for myself or the other racers to have me on the track. Mitch, Dr. Navarro and I spoke after the race and it was decided that I should move my surgery up and allow me to be able to recover from my back issue sooner, allowing me to focus on a strong future rather than continuing to struggle through this current season.
I feel gutted having to pull out of the series knowing how much work goes into my Monster Energy/Pro Circuit/Kawasaki team. This opportunity has been a dream come true for me considering at one point in my career I was forced to split and sell firewood to make ends meet. I told Mitch when he signed me that I will not be sidelined by broken bones as I have raced three days after having collarbone surgery and five days after having ankle surgery in the past. However, it is difficult to not feel like I have let my team down. Every member of the team from the crew at the shop to the race team work so hard each day and I will be thinking of them as I do my part to get back to being able to make their efforts pay off.
I want to say thank you to my team and sponsors for their continued support. My fans have been awesome and are one of the reasons I pushed so hard to continue to be at the races. I’d like to congratulate Cooper on his championship. I want to thank my doctors and staff including Dr. Navarro, Nataly & Amanda who worked so hard to get me through as long as possible. A heartfelt thank you to my Queen and future wife, Bradi for all that she does to get me through everyday, it’s always an adventure!
Thanks for reading,
Tyler Bowers to Undergo Back Surgery, Miss Remainder of 2015
Monster Energy/Pro Circuit Kawasaki’s Tyler Bowers will miss the remainder of 2015 to undergo back surgery to repair a lower lumbar issue, the team announced today. Bowers has been dealing with the issue all season, but it was determined over the 250SX West Region break that the injury would require surgery.
“It’s a big bummer,” said Bowers in a team statement. “I love racing and love my entire Monster Energy/Pro Circuit/Kawasaki team, which is why it makes it so difficult to force myself to sit on the sidelines.”
Bowers will miss the last two rounds of Monster Energy Supercross—this weekend in Santa Clara and the finale in Las Vegas—as well as the entire Lucas Oil Pro Motocross Championship. There has been no announcement regarding plans to bring on a fill-in rider in his place. Bowers is currently fifth in West Region points and had three podiums in his return to Monster Energy Supercross after winning four-straight Amsoil Arenacross Championships.
Monster Energy/Pro Circuit/Kawasaki's Tyler Bowers Regains Podium Form in San Diego
Round 6 of the Monster Energy AMA Supercross, an FIM Championship was a salute to the U.S. Military at Petco Park in San Diego. Monster Energy/Pro Circuit/Kawasaki's Tyler Bowers returned to the podium with a third-place finish in the 250SX main event running a special military appreciation graphics scheme.
Back in the Saddle
Bowers got a great jump out of the starting gate and came out of the first turn right with the leaders. He would soon make his way to the front, leading the first nine laps of the 15-lap main event. Some mistakes on the 10th lap cost him two spots but the 4-time Arenacross champ was able to hold on for the podium
“I've been battling illness the last couple of weeks and I haven't had a lot of time on the bike,” said Bowers. “That caught up to me today. I was trying to hold on and get the win but I just couldn't. This break in the schedule is going to help and I'm going to be ready when the West Coast season picks up again.”
Show of Support
Both the Monster Energy Kawasaki and Monster Energy/Pro Circuit/Kawasaki teams ran special graphics to show support for the military. The factory team wove classic green camouflage with Flo Green plastic to create a unique look. The Pro Circuit squad incorporated a matte finish with digital camo and classic airplane nose art to make for a strong looking bike.
Bowers and Alldredge also showed their support for the troops by visiting Naval Base San Diego on Friday and getting a tour of the U.S.S. Peleliu. The riders met with sailors and Marines on board the ship and signed autographs while also getting a tour of the Tarawa class Amphibious Assault Ship.
Next weekend’s race in Dallas marks the debut of the 250SX East Coast riders. Joey Savatgy and Arnaud Tonus will both make their Pro Circuit debuts at AT&T Stadium in Arlington, Texas.
Monster Energy AMA Supercross
Petco Park – San Diego, California
Saturday, February 7, 2015
Western Regional 250SX Class Results: San Diego
1 Cooper Webb, Yamaha
2 Shane McElrath, KTM
3 Tyler Bowers, Monster Energy/Pro Circuit/Kawasaki
4 Josh Hansen, Kawasaki
5 Alex Martin, Yamaha
6 Zach Osborne, Husqvarna
7 Zach Bell, Husqvarna
8 Jessy Nelson, KTM
9 Tommy Hahn, Honda
10 Chris Alldredge, Monster Energy/Pro Circuit/Kawasaki
Western Regional 250SX Class Season Standings
1 Cooper Webb, Yamaha, 136
2 Jessy Nelson, KTM, 106
3 Tyler Bowers, Monster Energy/Pro Circuit/Kawasaki 104
4 Zach Osborne, Husqvarna, 102
5 Shane McElrath, KTM, 86
6 Aaron Plessinger, Yamaha, 81
7 Justin Hill, KTM, 79
8 Josh Hansen, Kawasaki, 79
9 Alex Martin, Yamaha, 75
10 Malcolm Stewart, Honda, 69
17 Chris Alldredge, Monster Energy/Pro Circuit/Kawasaki 26