Aleix Espargaro is to have surgery on the hand he injured at Le Mans. The Spaniard had a massive highside during FP3, falling heavily and injuring his hand. The scans he had at the time showed no sign of fractures, but examinations on Monday by Dr. Mir turned up a torn ligament in his right thumb, a condition more commonly known as skier's thumb.
Espargaro is to have an operation in Barcelona on Tuesday to fix the problem. The surgery will be performed a the Dexeus Clinic, and Dr. Mir is to update the media on Tuesday afternoon, after the operation. The aim is for Espargaro to race at Mugello, but the doctors are unwilling as yet to give an estimate for the recovery period. With just over a week to go to the first practice for Mugello, recovery time is very short indeed, especially as this is the thumb of his right hand, which is so important to motorcycle racers.
Below is the press release from Suzuki.
ESPARGARO TO UNDERGO SURGERY TOMORROW IN BARCELONA
Team Suzuki Press Office – May 18th
Aleix Espargaro will undergo surgery tomorrow morning in Barcelona, Spain after the injury he suffered on his right hand in the crash he had on Saturday in Le Mans.
The Spaniard went to Barcelona today to be examined by Doctor Xavier Mir, who has done several tests on Aleix’s hand and has finally diagnosed a rupture of the collateral ligament of the thumb of the right hand.
Dr. Xavier Mir:
“Aleix suffered a rupture in the ulnar collateral ligament of the metacarpophalangeal joint of the right thumb, confirmed by ultrasound and x-rays. This injury causes joint instability and therefore a surgical repair is necessary.”
The surgery will take place tomorrow at 11am at Clinica Dexeus in Barcelona. After 4pm the interested media will be received by Doctor Mir for a post-surgery update. The Team SUZUKI ECSTAR press office will also report the updates.
After the surgery Espargaro will stay in the hospital for the whole night, but at the moment it is impossible to anticipate the exact time he will need for recovery.
His objective is to be ready for the next GP of Italy at Mugello at the end of the month.