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Baz undergoes successful surgery for arm pump

Frenchman operated on in Aix en Provence

Reale Avintia Racing Team rider Loris Baz has been successfully operated on Hospital d'Aix en Provence, France, to solve problems with arm pump in his right forearm. The operation lasted 40 minutes and was carried out by Dr. Olivier Dufour.

Since the first race of the season in Qatar, Baz began to notice discomfort in his right arm and the pain has increased in each Grand Prix since. Finally, the Frenchman and his team made the decision to undergo surgery. Now he has 29 days to recover before getting back on the bike for the Czech GP at Bro in August.

Loris Baz: "I have had compartment syndrome, something very common among MotoGP riders. I really had never had problems, but this year the bike is very physical, perhaps the most physical I've ever had in my life. The annoyances began in Qatar, which is the first time I noticed it and it prevented me from fighting with Lorenzo until the end of the race due to the pain. In Argentina it was a little less, but in Jerez and Le Mans it hurt a little, and in Mugello the pain was very strong. At first we thought it might be tendonitis, but in the end we found it to be compartment syndrome. After talking to several doctors like Dr. Mir or Dr. Charte, everyone agreed that they had to operate. I looked for a medical specialist and Randy De Puniet recommended Dr. Dufour to me. Now I will spend a quiet week and then start to train with the bike, and in the gym, to get to Brno in top form.