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Elias fit after arm operation

Elias fit after arm operation

Elias fit after arm operation

Toni Elías has confirmed that he is 100% fit to ride at Mugello this weekend despite undergoing an ‘arm-pump' operation just over two weeks ago. The operation, which is popular amongst Grand Prix riders, is designed to free up the forearm muscle, which can become swollen and uncomfortable, by creating incisions in the membrane sleeve. Now Elias says he is focussing solely on continuing his adaptation to the quarter-litre Honda and building on the podium finish he achieved for the first time this season in the last round at Le Mans.

"The operation was very straightforward – it was carried out by Doctor Mir in Barcelona, who is a hand surgery specialist and has worked a lot with other riders like Alex Crivillé, Carlos Checa and Ruben Xaus," explained Elías.

"To be honest the arm-pump wasn't a major problem but it was getting uncomfortable and I knew it had to be done sooner or later. I was unable to train for seven days after the operation but with the extra week between races I've had time to get back into my normal routine and I feel fit.

"Now I just want to get out on the track and continue to make improvements. Honda won't be bringing anything new this weekend – apart from another bike to replace the one I ran into the wall during the warm-up at Le Mans!

"Seriously though, we will be working with the same material we have had all season. We stayed for an extra day testing at Le Mans and I think we found something so I'm looking forward to seeing if we can make it count tomorrow."

250cc, 2004, GRAN PREMIO CINZANO D'ITALIA, Toni Elias

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