World Superbike Championship EVO class leader David Salom has undergone surgery on his hand after the decision was taken to bring forward an operation to rectify an ongoing injury.
A former World Supersport Championship runner-up, Salom has shown impressive performance on the factory-prepared EVO-specification Kawasaki ZX-10R, scoring in all-but-one race so far this season with several class wins.
A consistency that has enabled him to open up a substantial 37 point lead in the EVO reckoning with four rounds and eight races remaining, Salom took the opportunity in the summer break to go under the knife to correct a hand injury that has hampered him for much of the season.
"I was carrying for some months a right hand injury I suffered whilst doing motocross that concerned fingers and ligaments, which was making the riding much harder for me. I also had a screw in the scaphoid that was not weld properly, again from a previous injury, and it had to be completely rebuilt.
“The scaphoid has a graft on the part where there was no bone and they have also removed two screws that were a little loose on the knuckle. Dr Mir also removed some adhesions that did not allow a full mobility of the hand. "
Indeed, Salom had originally intended to persevere with the injury until the end of the season, but the buffer between himself and nearest rival Niccolo Canepa prompted a change of plan even if it means he may be compromised for his upcoming home round in Jerez.
"The decision has been taken considering how the season is progressing. Right now we have an advantage of 37 points over Canepa and we'll try to perform at the highest level for the last four rounds of the season, trying to minimize the hand issue. We did not want to wait until the end of the season because our gap allows us to lose some points at Jerez if I'm not fully recovered or still have some pain that prevents me from scoring any. I can relax this week, but next we'll be working very hard to regain my hand to 100 per cent. I think we can still perform at the same level that we have already done so far."
"At first they thought the situation was different in the many damaged parts of my hand. Rehabilitation period was estimated at eight weeks and we have planned to reduce it to six. After the changes we do not really know how long it will really take. Considering the work I'll do with my physiotherapist, I think I can get in good shape for Jerez."