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Iannone recovering following surgery

8 May 2013

Andrea Iannone is recovering following 'arm pump' surgery at the Dexeus clinic in Barcelona on Tuesday.

The Italian MotoGP rookie, who also sustained a knee injury at Jerez, admitted he wasn't feeling at his best after the operation and will remain under observation for all of Wednesday.

Although recovery time is still uncertain, his prognosis is positive in terms of a return for the forthcoming French round on May 17-19.

“I can't exactly say that I'm at my best. Following the Jerez weekend, I flew to Barcelona for an operation on my right arm, to address the problem that has been bothering me since Qatar, but now I really feel bad,” he admitted.

“I'm sure it will take some time, but I'm confident because Dr Mir has operated on many other riders in the past, and he certainly has valuable experience in this area. He told me that he doesn't often see such a compressed muscle, but it seems that everything went well; I just have to wait for the pain to pass.”

Iannone also used the opportunity to have his knee wound, suffered on Saturday at the Spanish MotoGP, 'cleaned up'. Staples that were applied to the wound are scheduled to be removed before the Mugello GP, which starts at the end of this month.

“[Dr Mir] also worked on the wound on my knee to try and speed up the recovery, and although that was painful, I'm glad that he was able to do it. I can't wait to have this all behind me so that I can get back on my bike.”

Iannone is due to ride alongside Ducati test rider Michele Pirro at Le Mans. Pirro is taking the place of Iannone's team-mate Ben Spies, who is undergoing further rehabilitation on his healing shoulder.


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