Following successful plastic surgery in Australia, Yamaha's 2010 MotoGP world champion Jorge Lorenzo has now flown home to Barcelona for a period of recovery.
As already confirmed, Lorenzo will miss this weekend's Malaysian Grand Prix. A decision on his participation in the final race of the season at Valencia on November 4-6, will be made within the next two weeks, dependent on the progress of his recovery.
Lorenzo's Australian GP exit, caused by an accident at the end of Sunday morning's warm-up session, helped title rival Casey Stoner - who went on to win the race - to secure the 2011 title in his home race.
Before speaking of his injuries, Lorenzo congratulated Stoner on winning a second world title.
“Casey has had an incredible season with very few mistakes,” said Lorenzo. “He has always been very strong and consistent so it has been very difficult to beat him. Congratulations to him, he has been the best this year and deserves his second title, a huge achievement as it comes with a different manufacturer.
"I would have liked to fight until the end, maybe until Valencia but the accident on Sunday has made it impossible. I am very proud of my team for all the hard work they have put in to take second in the Championship. Now we have to think about next year and work as hard as possible to win again.
"After the crash I was very worried that I would not have full feeling in my finger again. After the excellent treatment I received I have been assured I will have complete feeling in nerves and tendons. This gives me good confidence; I can't wait to get back on my M1 again!”
Below is a summary of Lorenzo's surgery, as released by Yamaha:
Surgeon: John Crock - MB.BS (Melbourne). Dip. Anat. MD. FRACS
Hospital: Knox Private Hospital, Wantirna (Vic)
Operative Diagnosis: Left hand ring and middle finger injuries
Summary of operation: Debride and reconstruct left ring and middle fingers
Duration of operation: 80mins
Middle finger wound: skin loss only, covered with SSG taken from the hypothenar eminence.
Ring finger wound: longitudinal dorsal grinding injury with loss of tip. (…) Distal half of the distal phalanx missing. (…) The extensor tendon was identified and reattached. (…)