Just one day after factory Honda MotoGP rider Dani Pedrosa underwent surgery for arm pump, LCR's Stefan Bradl has undergone the same operation.
While Pedrosa's decision came as something of a surprise, having not publicly mentioned the classic forearm symptoms, Bradl was hampered by a lack of strength and feeling on his way to tenth in Sunday's Spanish Grand Prix.
“I started to have arm pump after a few laps and I couldn't push any harder,” Bradl had said. “I don't remember [the last time I had a problem with arm pump] but I had an operation one and a half years ago.”
Upon returning to Germany, Bradl visited Doctor Wolfgang Streifinger in Wertingen, in the State of Bavaria, where the need for a second surgery was diagnosed yesterday.
'Bradl was already operated [on] to treat arm pump symptoms on November 2012 and Dr. Xavier Mir in Barcelona carried out the surgery but, as happened to his colleague Dani Pedrosa recently, sometimes a second surgery is required especially after an intensive winter training programme,' said a team statement.
Pedrosa and Bradl, sixth in the world championship with a best finish of fourth, both expect to participate in next weekend's French round at Le Mans.
”First of all I wish to thank Doctor Streifinger and his staff: we knew each other since 2010 when he operated [on] me for the first time," said Bradl. "After the arm pump problems I suffered in Jerez, we decided to treat the right forearm again and the operation was very quick: only 15 minutes. Now I am starting my recovery programme to be fit for the forthcoming GP in Le Mans.”
Pedrosa and Bradl join Cal Crutchlow (hard surgery after an accident in Austin), Danilo Petrucci (broken wrist at Jerez) and Nicky Hayden (swollen wrist) on the MotoGP injury list.