Jorge Lorenzo has flown home to Barcelona, to continue the recovery process after surgery to fix the finger he injured at Phillip Island, which ruled him out of both the Australian Grand Prix and this weekend's Malaysian round of MotoGP at Sepang. Lorenzo injured both the middle and ring fingers in the crash, the ring finger most severely. Lorenzo's middle finger required a skin graft, but his ring finger required a more complicated procedure, to reattach the extensor tendon (responsible for stretching the finger out straight) to the fingertip bone, half of which Lorenzo lost in the crash. The pace of Lorenzo's recovery will determine whether the Spaniard will race at Valencia or not.
Below is the press release from Yamaha, detailing the surgery and in which Jorge Lorenzo congratulates Casey Stoner on winning the 2011 MotoGP championship.
Jorge Lorenzo Surgery Update
Following successful plastic surgery in Australia, Yamaha Factory Racing rider Jorge Lorenzo has now flown home to Barcelona for a period of recovery. As already confirmed the Mallorcan rider will miss this weekend's Grand Prix of Malaysia. A decision on his participation in the final race of the season at Valencia will be made within the next two weeks dependent on the progress of his recovery.
"Casey has had an incredible season with very few mistakes," commented Jorge Lorenzo. "He has always been very strong and consistent so it has been very difficult to beat him. Congratulations to him, he has been the best this year and deserves his second title, a huge achievement as it comes with a different manufacturer. I would have liked to fight until the end, maybe until Valencia but the accident on Sunday has made it impossible. I am very proud of my team for all the hard work they have put in to take second in the Championship. Now we have to think about next year and work as hard as possible to win again. After the crash I was very worried that I would not have full feeling in my finger again. After the excellent treatment I received I have been assured I will have complete feeling in nerves and tendons. This gives me good confidence; I can't wait to get back on my M1 again!"
Please find below the medical report following the successful operation:
Surgeon: John Crock - MB.BS (Melbourne). Dip. Anat. MD. FRACS
Hospital: Knox Private Hospital, Wantirna (Vic)
Operative Diagnosis: Left hand ring and middle finger injuries
Summary of operation: Debride and reconstruct left ring and middle fingers
Duration of operation: 80mins
Middle finger wound: skin loss only, covered with SSG taken from the hypothenar eminence.
Ring finger wound: longitudinal dorsal grinding injury with loss of tip. (…) Distal half of the distal phalanx missing. (…) The extensor tendon was identified and reattached. (…)