250SX WEST: Tyler Bowers to Miss Remainder of Supercross Season, Full Motocross Calendar for Back Surgery

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FALLBROOK, Calif. — staff report — Tyler Bowers Racing photo —

Monster Energy/Pro Circuit/Kawasaki rider Tyler Bowers has announced he will miss both the remainder of the 2015 Monster Energy AMA Supercross season, as well as the entire 2015 Lucas Oil Pro Motocross Championship, in order to undergo lower back surgery.

The surgery will look to correct the compression of two discs and fix a displacement of Bowers’ L5 vertebrae.

“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,” Bowers said in his statement.  “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.”

Bowers, a four-time AMSOIL Arenacross champion, was fifth in the 250SX West Region points race following the most recent event at Houston and prior to the announcement.

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