Yamaha Factory mechanic Darrin “Rookie” Sorenson admitted himself into Riverside Community hospital last Thursday January 5, 2006 with symptoms of blurred vision and impaired speech. The affable mechanic, who earned “Mechanic of the Year” honors for his efforts during Chad Reed?s Supercross Championship season, remains hospitalized in stable condition.

An MRI and Scans have established that a weak blood vessel near the top of his brain began to leak causing swelling of the brain. Fortunately, without the need for surgery, the bleeding has subsided with his condition and symptoms continually improving.

Initially, Darrin experienced symptoms last Wednesday but felt that possibly medication, a result of a recent “overjump” which injured his ankles riding motocross, was the culprit. It now appears that the leaking vessel was not a result of his crash or the medication but rather an existing, isolated factor.

Yamaha, his teammates, and his fans wish “Rookie” a quick recovery and hope to see his good nature back in the pits and his hard work up on the podium soon.

Cards and letters for Darrin Sorenson can be sent to Yamaha Motor Corporation, attn: Racing Department at
6555 Katella Ave. Cypress, CA. 90630.


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