Both Fiat Yamaha rider Jorge Lorenzo and Ducati Marlboro rider Nicky Hayden have recently undergone surgery. Unfortunately for Lorenzo, his surgery was the result of a motocross training accident, where he suffered a fractured bone in his right hand. The injury required a small titanium plate to be fitted, and the Spaniard will be out for “four to six weeks” according the team press release, forcing the rider many considered to be one of Valentino Rossi’s greatest threats in the 2010 MotoGP season to miss the upcoming preseason test at Sepang on February 25. Luckily for Lorenzo, the MotoGP season doesn’t begin until April 11, so he has plenty of time to recover.
Ducati Marlboro's Nicky Hayden...
Ducati Marlboro's Nicky Hayden underwent surgery on his right arm immediately following the last Sepang MotoGP tests as part of a minor follow-up procedure for past surgery to relieve arm pump.
Meanwhile, Nicky Hayden underwent surgery on his right arm immediately following the recent Sepang tests to perform a minor follow-up procedure to a past operation for compartmental syndrome, which results in “arm pump”, a common affliction with racers where blood flow is severely restricted or cut off due to forearm muscles becoming engorged. Hayden’s surgery was minor enough that he will be ready in time for the next Sepang test on February 25.
From the Fiat Yamaha press release:
Fiat Yamaha Team rider Jorge Lorenzo has undergone surgery in his right hand following an accident whilst training near his home in Barcelona yesterday, Thursday 11th February.
The 22-year-old was riding his motocross bike at the practice course near Montmeló during a routine training session as part of his pre-season preparation. He fell in a slow corner, doing approximately 30km/h, and hurt his right hand as he landed.
He was taken immediately to the Capio Hospital General de Catalunya and found to have a fracture at the base of the first metacarpal and a displaced thumb. Dr. Augusto J. Casanovas made an open reduction and osteosynthesis with a small titanium plate. Lorenzo will require hand protection for four to six weeks.
The Spaniard is leaving the hospital this morning and will return to his home in Barcelona to recuperate. He will not participate in the next Sepang test but he is expected to make a full recovery in time for the final pre-season test at Qatar in March.
From the Ducati Marlboro press release:
Immediately after the most recent MotoGP tests, Nicky Hayden travelled to Doctor Angel Vilamor’s clinic in Madrid, Spain for surgery on his right arm.
The American rider was operated on by the Spanish surgeon in the past, to treat ongoing arm-pump (compartmental syndrome) problems, which is frequent in riders, and after a recent checkup just after the latest tests in Sepang, Nicky went back into surgery for a “clean-up” operation, to remove scar tissue resulting from the first operation.
Hayden, who has already returned to America, will participate in the next tests, again in Sepang, on the 25th and 26th February, alongside teammate Casey Stoner.