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Elías gets second arm operation

Elías gets second arm operation

Elías gets second arm operation

Toni Elías made the most of the upcoming winter break to solve a lingering arm-pump problem which bothered him for the second half of the season. Elías underwent an operation on his right arm ahead of the Gran Premio Cinzano d'Italia back in June and on Monday afternoon he had follow-up surgery on his left arm.

The Spanish rider was admitted to the Institut Dexeus in Barcelona for the operation, which was conducted under the supervision of Doctor Xavier Mir, who also completed a similar operation on Hiroshi Aoyama just a couple of days previously.

"The operation was a success and, because we used an endoscopic technique, the recovery period will be much shorter than usual," explained Doctor Mir. "We'll take the stitches out in a couple of weeks and he will be able to begin his physical training programme for next season straight away."

Elías, who will step up to the MotoGP class in 2005 after three seasons in 250cc, is confident of making a quick recovery and pushing ahead with his preparations for the new campaign.

"I feel fine and I'm happy because the Doctor said the operation went perfectly. Now I want to rest a little, although not too much, and begin my preparations for next season on top form."

MotoGP, 2004

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