Moto2 title leader Scott Redding opted for forearm surgery in order to be at peak fitness for the upcoming championship showdown with Pol Espargaro and Esteve Rabat.

The Marc VDS star - who holds a reduced 23-point advantage over Espargaro heading into this weekend's Aragon event - checked into Barcelona's Hospital Universitario Quir?n Dexeus last Wednesday, having lost all feeling in the fingers of his right hand during the race in Misano two weeks ago.

The Briton, moving to MotoGP with Gresini next season, underwent surgery for a compressed nerve and, despite having 19 staples in his right forearm, has declared himself ready to race this weekend.

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"In Misano I lost all feeling in the fingers on my right hand and I couldn't feel how much pressure I was putting on the brake lever," Redding confirmed. "The championship battle with Pol, and maybe Tito [Rabat], is going to go down to the wire and I need to be completely fit if I'm to fight my corner, which is why I opted to have the surgery now, before we head overseas for three races in the same number of weekends.

"The arm is a bit sore, but I can deal with that. The most important thing is that I'm fit to race and the problem with my arm is fixed once and for all. I'm looking forward to this weekend; I finished on the podium in Aragon last year and my target is to do the same this time around."

Aragon is the first of five remaining rounds that will decide the destination of this year's Moto2 crown. Redding, Espargaro and Rabat are all fighting for their first world title.