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Alex Debon postpones operation until after the GP in Valencia

Alex Debon postpones operation until after the GP in Valencia

Alex Debon postpones operation until after the GP in Valencia

Alex Debón has decided to delay an operation on his left hand until after the last race of the year the GP of Valencia that takes place Sunday week. The Spaniard arrived home on Tuesday with plans to go under the knife immediately in order to recover before the last of 16 races in ten days time, but an examination yesterday afternoon revealed the wound in the little finger had become infected which would affect the complicated procedure that requires plastic surgery, a skin graft and possibly a small support; meaning it would not be possible to recover in time.

Debon has been struggling with the injury since the GP in Malaysia, where he crashed in practice. As a result of the accident, he fractured the tendon in two places, smashed a knuckle, lost some skin and also the nail. Due to the nature of the mangled hand he was on the verge of returning home after the race in Sepang but decided to hold on and contest the round in Australia. The Phillip Island race was a torturous time for the rider, who suffered a lot of pain thanks to the low temperatures, but despite the agony it was worth the effort because he completed the distance with his best ever GP finish in fifth place.

"I have never suffered like that before," he confessed. "The pain was intolerable and I thought that I would not be able to finish the race. Towards the end I found that I could pick up my speed a bit more and claim fifth. I am really happy with this result, we have worked really hard and we deserve it."

Concerning his injury the Spaniard remarked: "I wanted to arrive in Valencia having put this injury behind me but there have been a couple of problems. I cannot have the operation immediately and therefore recover in time to participate in the GP of Valencia. It is a complicated interruption. It is necessary to re-compose the bone and use a skin graft. I wont be able to move the hand for 10 or 15 days and I do not want to lose the race by sitting at home. Quite the opposite I want to go there and do well again after taking fifth place in Australia, in what turned out to be blessed water! Together with my manager and Dr. Enrique Gastaldi, we have decided to go for the operation the Monday after the race, and then I will also try to have a small procedure on my left ankle."

250cc, 2003

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