Lüthi expected to "fully recover" yet no return date set

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Saturday, 16 February 2013

Following Interwetten-Paddock’s Tom Lüthi’s crash last Thursday and his operation yesterday morning, the team has released the following update on his condition.

After the initial shock of Tom Lüthi’s heavy crash last Thursday afternoon at Valencia, relief for all members of Team Interwetten Paddock followed one day later: The 26-year-old Moto2 star had been successfully operated and his Swiss surgeons expect a full recovery from his multiple fractures.

At around 4 p.m. on the third and final day of the official Moto2 testing session on the Ricardo Tormo circuit, Lüthi had unluckily been involved in a crash of Thai rider Ratthapark Wilairot who lost the front going into turn 2 of the race track. The fact that Lüthi and his Suter bike were hit so hard and completely unexpectedly by Wilairot tumbling machine, contributed to the seriousness of Lüthi’s injuries.

In Valencia’s "9th of October" hospital, the suspicions of multiple and complicated fractures in his right upper arm, elbow and shoulder were confirmed. Since Lüthi was able to travel, Switzerland’s emergency recovery service "Rega" sent a jet that picked Lüthi up shortly after 10 p.m. the same evening. After landing at Zurich airport, an ambulance brought him to the hospital of Münsingen, were the team of Dr. Marc Metzler, Lüthi’s surgeon for many years, started surgery only one hour after his arrival at 5 a.m. the following morning. Whereas his shoulder injury didn’t require surgery, his multiple fractures in elbow and upper arm were screwed and plated in a five-hour-long procedure. "The operation was a success. Tom can expect a full recovery without any restrictions to his mobility", was the good news when the doctors came out of the operation theatre.

But it remains unclear when Tom Lüthi will be able to attack again and to fight for victory in the Moto2 category. There are no plans for an early return at the remaining pre-season test session and his participation at the first round at Qatar on April 7th is also in jeopardy. But even though it is far too early to speculate about the date of his comeback, there is no doubt that doctors, physiotherapists and Lüthi himself will do everything in their power to make sure of a speedy recovery.

"This accident was very, very unlucky", said team owner Daniel M. Epp. "But the initial report of the doctors after surgery took a big weight of our shoulders since Tom will, in all likelihood, recover completely from his injuries. At the moment, this is all that counts!"

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