Four-time National Enduro Champion Russell Bobbitt is scheduled to undergo surgery on Wednesday morning to repair damage to his knee after suffering injuries in a crash this past Sunday at the opening round of the Kenda AMA National Enduro Series in Pelion, South Carolina.
Bobbitt doesn’t remember actually making contact with the ground, but he told Cycle News he remembers going down a long whooped out section of trail in the third test and then getting kicked up on one of the braking bumps before a turn. Bobbitt says he went over the bars and was knocked out temporarily.
The factory Husqvarna rider was taken to a hospital on Sunday where he was told he had a broken patella. On Monday, Bobbitt went to a doctor in Atlanta where surgery was scheduled to repair the patella and to reattach the tendon.
“This is going to be a six- or eight-month recovery,” said Bobbitt. “I will have to completely rehab the knee and my quad. It’s disappointing because I was riding well, but I have to make the best of it and look forward to my recovery.”
During the off-season, Bobbitt signed with Husqvarna after several years on a KTM. He was also making his first race on a four-stroke after 24 years of racing a two-stroke. Bobbitt was sitting second in the race behind Mullins at the time of his crash.