Petrucci to miss Le Mans after operation

Petrucci IodaRacing surgery
Thursday, 8 May 2014

Danilo Petrucci has been operated on following the crash he suffered in Sunday morning’s Warm-Up session for the Spanish Grand Prix at Jerez. As a result, the IodaRacing Project rider will sit out of next weekend’s French Grand Prix.

Petrucci becomes the third MotoGP™ rider this week to go under the knife, with Dani Pedrosa and Stefan Bradl having undergone surgery for arm pump. In the case of Petrucci, the operation was to address the fractured left wrist the Italian suffered after losing control on the exit of Turn 3 at Jerez.

The operation was staged in Petrucci’s hometown of Terni in Italy, performed by the team of Dr. Altissimi and taking place without issues. Next on the rider’s schedule will be physiotherapy, meaning he will be unable to race in Round 5 at Le Mans. His team will soon decide whether or not to replace him with another rider.

“We are pleased that the operation has gone well,” explains Giampiero Sacci, team owner. “A wrist injury is a major hindrance when it comes to riding, so we will not be rushing Danilo’s return. With regards to the crash itself, having looked at the data we are able to confirm that it was not due to an electronics problem, as Danilo thought.

“Perhaps it is more to do with the feeling of the first and second bikes during the Warm-Up session, but until we complete a full analysis we can’t be sure about what caused the accident.”

Petrucci is the sole representative of IodaRacing Project in 2014, meaning the squad will be without a rider unless a substitute is selected for Le Mans.

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