Despite continuing to race and perform at the highest standard whilst feeling unwell, scoring a 3rd overall at the opening round of the Red Bull Rookies and the overall victory in the MXY2 class Maxxis British Championship at Milton Park in recent weeks it is with regret that Tommy Alba and Team Oakleaf Kawasaki are forced to announce that Tommy will be forced to take a prolonged absence from racing, in a bid to regain full fitness.
After consultation between the Team, Tommy, his Family, his Doctor and other experienced riders that have suffered from similar problems, a mutual decision has been made to withdraw Tommy from racing for at least the next 6 weeks. Tommy was diagnosed with Glandular Fever caused by the Epstein-Barr virus some weeks ago and has been struggling to overcome the illness. The best form of treatment for his condition is total rest and the avoidance of strenuous sport.
It looks as though Tommy is certain to miss the next 2 rounds of both the Red Bull and MXY2 championships, going in to this season as one of the favourites for both championships it’s a real shame for the 15 year old from Taunton, who is in just his 2nd full year of Motocross racing, after all of the hard work he and the Oakleaf Kawasaki Team have put in to put themselves at the forefront of the British Motocross scene.
Team owner and Manager Shaun Anthony reflected on the decision by saying ”It’s very frustrating that we are in this position as riders normally only have to miss races through injury. Tommy trains like a true professional and always shows fight and gives 100% commitment, whilst struggling with illness he has still been getting excellent results but we have seen the way he has been returning to the Team awning after races and we have seen a big difference in his health. The last thing we want is for Tommy causing major injury to himself on the track whilst in this position of health, we always take our rider’s health and well being with a positive attitude and will always advise for the best. It’s such a shame this has happened but everybody concerned has agreed that is is for the best to have Tommy in full health before he rides again.”
The decision has also been met with a positive reaction despite the disapointment from Kawasaki UK’s Racing Co-ordinator, Ross Burridge, who said ”Tommy has proven to be a great prospect for both the Oakleaf Team, and also Kawasaki so far this season, and it is very unfortunate that he has to sit out whilst he recovers. However I am sure he will be back fighting fit soon, and we would like to wish him a speedy recovery, as we look forward to what I am sure will be a long and promising