MotoGP rookie Bradley Smith is '100%' sure he will be riding in next weekend's Dutch TT at Assen, following Monday's double surgery on his injured hand.
Just over 24 hours after racing to a career best sixth at the Circuit de Catalunya, Smith had a 75-minute operation to insert a small screw in the left scaphoid bone he damaged during practice for at Mugello earlier this month.
Smith also suffered a nasty open wound on his left little finger in the same accident, and during Monday's operation at the USP Institut Universitari Dexeus of Barcelona he also underwent a skin graft to repair the damage.
The double procedure was carried out Dr Xavier Mir, Head of the Hand Surgery Unit of the Orthopaedics Department, who is world renowned for his treatment of racing injuries.
“Everything went as well as expected and now I am just resting my arm as much possible,” said Smith. “The wrist shouldn't give me any problems now hopefully but we need a few more days to see whether the skin graft has taken.
“Dr Mir seems happy though and I am sure it is going to be fine. I tried to race on without surgery but it wasn't possible but I am glad it is done now because I can just concentrate on riding pain free.”
Smith will undergo a further assessment from Dr Mir when he arrives in Holland early week next, but the British rider is certain he will be riding and aiming to build on the huge confidence gained at Montmelo.
“I'll have an assessment when I get to Assen, but 100% I will be riding there and I am really looking forward to it,” Smith declared. “The last two races have not been easy given my physical condition but the top six in Catalunya was great for my confidence and hopefully I can build on the momentum gained with another strong ride in Assen."