Smith undergoes successful skin graft operation

Smith undergoes successful skin graft operation
Tuesday, 18 June 2013

Bradley Smith underwent a successful skin graft operation in Barcelona on Monday evening, having headed directly to the Quiron Dexeus University Hospital from the test session at the Circuit de Catalunya.

The Monster Yamaha Tech 3 rider had the operation on the little finger of his left hand, which had been injured in an accident on the Friday of the Italian Grand Prix.

“I needed this operation after the Barcelona race just to make sure that everything will be 100% for the second half of the season,” the Englishman explains. “We have had a learning experience in the first half of this year, but I really want to make sure that the second half is really successful, so this operation was at the perfect time.”

When asked by motogp.com if he will be ready for Assen, Smith replied:

“100%. I feel that the recovery process will only be three or four days for the scaphoid and close to ten days for the skin graft, but we already have everything clear about how we will protect the little finger in the race. I am confident that, with all of the medical team that we have - the Clinica Mobile at the race track and also Dr. Mir and his team - we won’t have any problems to race at our best.”

Smith will be unable to move his hand until Thursday, when the bandage will be replaced. After that, the 22-year-old will be able to begin physiotherapy for both his wrist and the fourth finger, with the stitches being removed before the next race at Assen.

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