Tom Sykes has undergone a successful surgery in Barcelona to set fractures in two fingers and his left wrist, while his recovery timetable is expected to see the 2013 World Superbike champion return for Magny-Cours.

Sykes was ruled out of the Portimao races after crashing on his out lap at the start of FP3 in which he sustained the injury. After an initial scan at the circuit revealed a dislocated and fractured little finger, further assessments in hospital in Barcelona have shown Sykes also sustained a fracture in his fourth finger and wrist on his left hand.

In a statement released by his Kawasaki Racing Team, Sykes has undergone surgery to fix the fractures at the iMove Traumatology at Clinica Mi Tres Torres in Barcelona which lasted less than two hours and was performed by hand and elbow specialists Dr Jordi Font Segura and Enric Dominguez.

“The surgery we performed consisted of the reduction and osteosynthesis of the fifth finger through the placement of a plate,” explained Dr. Segura. “Tom will be kept in for 24 hours for post-operative control and medical treatment; and during the next week he will have a new checkup will be made.

“Also with the TAC, we have confirmed that Tom had a fracture on the fourth finger and on the left wrist. The recovery will depend on the athlete, in the best scenario he could return to compete soon.”

Sykes will miss Monday’s Portimao test, where Kawasaki is focusing on its 2018 ZX-10RR ahead of the anticipated technical regulation changes, but having recovered from a similar injury in the past he is already aiming to return at the next round in France at the end of September.

“I have had an operation and the doctor seems to be happy with how it went,” Sykes said. “Obviously it was a nasty break and basically snapped the little finger clean in half, so it was more than a dislocation and he found a couple of other things in the hand as well – a crack in the finger next to it and a crack on the radius on the wrist.

“I have had that injury before and raced with it four days later in Australia, so I have been able to race with a broken wrist before. We will see what happens from now on, and see how the fingers get on in the next few days.”

Sykes remains second in the World Superbike championship after Chaz Davies crashed out of race two at Portimao. The 2013 World Superbike champion trails Rea by 120 points with three rounds remaining while he has a 15-point advantage over Davies.


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