March 5 was very painful for Ian Trettel. While practicing for the AMA Supercross Lites class at Daytona, the Rockstar Energy Suzuki rider crashed, sustaining traumatic brain injury.
The rookie Supercross-class rider was taken to the Halifax Medical center, where he was in a medically-induced coma for four weeks. Ian Trettel then began an rehabilitation at The Shepard Center in Atlanta, where he remains today.
Due to the seriousness of the injury, Trettel was forced to make a life-altering decision: discontinue motorcycle racing.
Following is a personal letter from Ian Trettel to his sponsors, friends and Motocross fans:
Since my injury, I’ve been looking forward to the day that I could personally reach out and thank everyone for all of the love and support that you have shown me and my family through these tough times. I’m so blessed and moved by the constant caring that has been sent my way from each and everyone of you. So first and foremost – THANKS!
On March 5th, I suffered a Traumatic Brain Injury during my practice session at the Daytona Supercross. The injury required me to be in a medical coma for almost 4 weeks and I am now in my 7th week of rehab at The Shepard Center in Atlanta. The injury has left me with several physical and cognitive deficits that with dedication and focus can be managed allowing me to live a full and prosperous life. I will continue my rehab through The Shepard Center / Pathways for another 4-5 weeks before I can return home. I’m excited for that time to come and to also see many of you again but for now I need to continue to focus on my rehab so that I can maximize my recovery.
Even though that through hard work and dedication my long term prognosis is excellent, I along with my family and my Doctors have been forced to make the decision to discontinue my Motocross career. Even if I were to make a full physical, and cognitive recovery, my brain injuries are severe enough that the risks associated with another head injury would by life threatening. That’s just not a risk that I’m willing to take seeing that I have my entire life in front of me and I’m not willing to put my family, friends, and myself through anything like this again. Motocross has been the only life I have ever known but I am now ready to move on and live for the other things that I enjoy. I will use my accomplishments to pave a new path for me hopefully in some way helping fellow TBI patients. Life looks different to me now and I plan to make the best of what I have.
I really want to say a special thanks and appreciation to all of my many sponsors that have stood by my side helping me to make my Motocross career what it was. I’m hoping that in some way I can continue to stay involved with all of you as I move my focus to other interests. I’m confident that whatever I decide to do, that with your help, I’ll be able to continue to achieve great things.
Thanks again to everyone for your support and prayers. It truly helped me and my family get through this and I look forward to seeing and talking to you very soon.
The staff at Ultimate MotorCycling wishes Trettel a full and speedy recovery.