New LCR Honda MotoGP rider Cal Crutchlow underwent planned surgery on his shoulder last Friday.
The purpose of the operation - revealed by Crutchlow in September
- was to remove a metal plate inserted into his broken collarbone at Silverstone 2011 and address arthritis issues the Englishman has suffered in recent seasons.
“I don't want to leave [the plate] in too long because then it really gets stuck to the bone,” Crutchlow said at Misano. “Hopefully they can [also] clear the arthritis up a little bit and see if that's better. It's not a major operation and I should be back on a motorbike within four weeks. So at least I can do something during the winter.”
Crutchlow, who set the eighth fastest lap time (+0.872s) on his RCV debut at Valencia last week, has until February's Sepang MotoGP tests to regain full fitness.
LCR will be Crutchlow's third different team, and brand of bike, in as many seasons.