Rizla Suzuki MotoGP star Loris Capirossi has undergone a successful operation to repair the damage caused to his right hand in his opening lap coming-together with Ducati Corse rival Nicky Hayden in the San Marino Grand Prix at Misano on Sunday, his 200th premier class outing.
The Italian veteran had a 90-minute procedure to reconstruct the bone in his little finger and further work to re-attach the severed tendon in the same digit. The operation was performed by Dr. Oliviero Soragni at the San Marino Hospital on Monday afternoon, and Capirossi is now back home in Monte Carlo where he will begin his recuperation and healing period.
The 37-year-old 'record-man' – who made his 300th GP start in the 2010 Qatar curtain-raiser back in April – is expected to make a full recovery from the injury and should be able to regain complete use of his damaged finger. It is not yet confirmed whether or not he will be able to compete in the next round of the MotoGP World Championship at Aragon in Spain on 19 September.
“The operation went very well and I am very pleased with what Dr. Soragni told me after I came out of surgery,” Capirossi confirmed. “Dr. Costa was also present, and he knows how the injury will heal and he will help me to make the right decision about when I can ride again.
“The bone has been reconstructed and I have been told I will get full movement back – which is great news – but at the moment the finger is immobilised so I don't cause any damage to the excellent work the surgeon has done. Although I am in a bit of pain, this is still nothing compared to what happened at Misano on Sunday, and once again I want to send my wishes and prayers to Tomizawa-san's family in their time of great sadness.”