On Tuesday afternoon in Barcelona (Spain), Khairul Idham Pawi underwent a successful operation on the fifth finger of his right hand, which lasted for 120 minutes. A further medical check-up on Monday will determine the recovery time, but the initial plan for the Petronas Sprinta Racing Moto3™ rider is to come back at the first race in Misano on September 11th to 13th.
Having initially damaged the finger during Free Practice 1 for the Spanish Grand Prix in 2019, a crash during qualifying for the Czech Republic Grand Prix on 8 August 2020 aggravated the same injury.
Gritting his teeth in a display of determination, KIP continued to race throughout that weekend and also rode at the Austrian Grand Prix the weekend after. Ultimately though he was forced to withdraw on Sunday morning after the warm-up session as a direct result of the injury and its effect upon his ability to ride.
Khairul Idham Pawi: "It’s tough to be here again in the hospital for another surgery in the little finger of my right hand, but together with the team, we decided it was the best way to face the future. It’s followed me for too long now and I hope with this latest operation we will be able to draw a line under this issue and I can focus on racing again, rather than this being a lingering problem.
"In my mind, I have the idea to return for the first race in Misano, but we need to wait and gauge the recovery process. At least we have a small break in the calendar now so this will help me. I will work and train hard these two weeks to make that return possible. I’d like to thank the medical team for their work in this difficult moment, and to the team and fans for their support. Now the total focus is on coming back stronger."