T.D.B Recruit.com rider Paul Young is to miss the last three rounds of the 2003 British Superbike championship. On his doctors advice Young is to undergo surgery as soon as possible to correct a long-standing spinal injury.

The operation had been planned for the end of the 2003 season. However after receiving the results of preliminary scans Young's surgeon has advised that he withdraw from the remaining races and that the operation is done as soon as possible.

The operation is to remove a disc that has been compressed and is pushing on the spinal cord. This will now be carried out on September 8th.

Young is devastated that his season will be cut short but has decided that it would be wise to heed the doctor's warnings.

"I'm absolutely gutted that I'll not be riding," noted Young, "Usually I'm not very good at obeying doctors orders but this time I know it's for the best. This operation will put right something that has been hindering my training and racing for quite a while so I'm looking forward to getting it sorted and getting back to full fitness, ready for the 2004 season."

Young will still be in attendance at the last three races of the year, to give his full support to team-mate and young protege Jon Kirkham, and to give the team's sponsors and guests a first hand insight into the racing scene.



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