In the latest of his 2013 blogs for Crash.net, Monster Yamaha Tech 3 MotoGP rookie Bradley Smith gives a full account of his gruesome Mugello hand injuries and Monday's surgery.
Despite the practice injuries, and a further big highside on Sunday morning, Smith braved the pain and rode to ninth in the race...
It's amazing what some sleep and food can do after an interesting day with the specialist in San Marino yesterday, checking on the results of my antics at Mugello at the weekend.
The best news is that I will be fit to ride at the next round in Barcelona in just under two weeks' time. The not so good news is that I have a cracked bone in the scaphoid of my left wrist and the little finger on my left hand will be permanently bent.
He was unable to carry out a graft on the finger because the skin was so badly damaged but is confident it will heal naturally. Unfortunately the damage to the tendon means I will have a permanently bent finger although they are hopeful they can straighten it more than it is at the moment.
There is nothing he could do about the scaphoid but again is confident it will heal naturally. An interesting day all round and not the best way to start the week especially watching them drilling into the finger after they could only give me a local anaesthetic.
Riding a MotoGP bike at the best of times is hard but riding a MotoGP bike with one hand round Mugello is near enough an impossible task.
Ten laps into the race I was getting arm pump in my right arm because I was using it so much to protect my left hand and wrist. I then had to switch over to the left arm to try and give the right a rest and the finger and wrist where giving me plenty of hassle.
With ten laps to go I made a small mistake which clicked something in my brain to switch off all the pain and I started to hunt down Aleix Espargaro in front of me. Once again another lap would have done it and so it was a bit disappointing but good to finish ninth and keep up with my rivals in the Championship despite the injuries