In his latest blog for Crash.net, Monster Yamaha Tech 3 MotoGP rookie Bradley Smith looks back on a best-yet sixth place in the Catalunya Grand Prix - then further surgery on his injured hand...
I've just woken up in the Barcelona hospital feeling a bit woozy and sick but really pleased the operation on the wrist and finger has gone well.
Last night Dr Xavier Mir inserted a screw into the cracked scaphoid of my left wrist and grafted some skin from my wrist onto my damaged little finger.
It was crucial to get it done immediately after the encouraging race in Barcelona although I did sneak in 25 laps of testing on Monday morning before going to the hospital.
After the Assen race, a week on Saturday, we have back-to-back grands prix at the Sachsenring and Laguna Seca, which are very left handed circuits. Instead of waiting for the summer break it was crucial to sort the injuries out immediately to be 100 per cent fit for the second half of the season.
I got through the race on Sunday without any pain killing injections although the preparation was not ideal. I had a key wire fitted into the joint of the little finger after the race in Italy and on Thursday in Barcelona it had to come out in order to bend the little finger for the race.
They used a pair of pliers to pull it out of the joint and I think everybody in the Clinica Mobile and probably in most of Barcelona heard how I felt but it had to be done.
Beating Andrea Dovizioso into sixth place was something I'd talked about in testing because I thought I would be able to mix it with the factory bikes.
Those first five grands prix were a massive eye opener. It's ok in pre-season testing riding around 70 laps a day and then finding one good lap time but when you have to string that together with a full fuel load in a 25 lap race it's a very different story.