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Lüthi undergoes second successful operation

Interwetten-Paddock’s Tom Lüthi underwent more surgery on Monday, for a second operation since his arm-breaking testing crash in Valencia. In the meantime, his team is assessing possible replacements for the opening two races of the season.

Lüthi was injured last month in a collision with Honda Gresini Moto2’s Ratthapark Wilairot, first being assessed in Valencia before being flown to Bern for surgery on multiple fractures. His latest operation, attending to the ligaments of the right clavicle, has run smoothly and the 26-year-old is not expected to require another.

“Everything went as planned and Tom can go home today,” Team Manager Terrel Thien told motogp.com on Tuesday. “He has had to start another three days of physiotherapy and he’s working really, really hard. Now he is planning to come back as early as possible but it’s obviously very difficult to time these things.

“That should be the last operation; they also operated on the shoulder to speed up the recovery. Now he just has to keep moving the elbow and shoulder. It’s going to take longer than they thought with elbow, but the recovery is generally going okay.”

Confirming that Lüthi should still be able to return to racing by the third round of the campaign in Jerez, Interwetten is now looking into substitutes.

“We have somebody in mind,” Thien added. “Nothing is certain yet but we have somebody in mind for the official Moto2™ test (at Jerez, 18-21 March) and it depends how he does there as to whether he will race for us at the first two rounds of the season. For now we are still negotiating ahead of next Monday.”

motogp.com will keep you informed of the latest on Tom Lüthi’s recuperation.

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Moto2, 2013, Thomas Luthi, Interwetten Paddock Moto2

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