Recovering Iannone targets Le Mans return

Recovering Iannone targets Le Mans return
Wednesday, 8 May 2013

Andrea Iannone is pushing to be back in action for next weekend’s Monster Energy Grand Prix de France. Shortly after undergoing surgery for arm pump in Barcelona, the Italian spoke to motogp.com for a video interview from his hospital bed.

Iannone’s right arm was operated on by Dr. Xavier Mir at the Hospital Universitario Dexeus Quiron, with the Energy T.I. Pramac Racing rider having suffered pain during the race in Jerez on Sunday. His presence at the next event at Le Mans is not certain as, according to Dr. Mir who also spoke with motogp.com, the date of his return will depend on the speed at which the arm heals.

As well as attending to Iannone’s right arm, Dr. Mir also looked at Iannone’s left leg which had been cut in a fall at Jerez on Saturday.

"Dr. Mir has assured me that everything went well and that there was indeed an (arm pump) problem," Iannone explained. "It’s hard to know exactly what state the arm will be in when I get to Le Mans, but I will be there for sure. Although I might not be 100% at Le Mans, I want to be able to be completely fit for Mugello."

It has already been confirmed that Pramac teammate Ben Spies will not race at Le Mans next weekend, as the American continues to recover from his pectoral muscle problem. Michele Pirro will stand in as a substitute.

It has since been confirmed that Iannone, who hails from the Italian town of Vasto, will remain in hospital for 24 hours.

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