Press Release Injury Update: Capirossi's Shoulder, Crutchlow's Arm And Bautista's Recovery

The Pramac Ducati, Rizla Suzuki and Monster Tech 3 Yamaha all issued press releases this week with updates on their injured riders: Pramac on the state of Capirossi's inflamed shoulder, Rizla on Bautista's efforts to return at Estoril, and Tech 3 on Cal Crutchlow's surgery to fix an arm pump issue. Here's what the teams had to say:


Less than a month and the MotoGP World Championship will take stage in Estoril, for the third Grand Prix of the season. For the white and green duo, Randy De Puniet and Loris Capirossi, a few days to relax. Not so relaxing for the Italian rider, who yesterday underwent a specialist visit for the right shoulder pain that troubles him since January. Now, for him, a lot of work work to get back in shape.

"I have to say, -said the Pramac Racing Team rider- that checkups I went trough were positive. Yesterday I had the artroscan, which showed that tendon and muscle have reported a injury. Fortunately there is nothing broken. Now I will work hard, twice a day, trying to get off the inflammation. I want to heal at all costs, for Estoril I hope to reach at least 80-85% of physical condition".

Cal Crutchlow begins recovery after successful arm surgery

Monster Yamaha Tech 3 Team rider Cal Crutchlow has undergone successful surgery in Modena, Italy, to cure a right arm problem that has troubled the talented British rider in the first two races of the 2011 MotoGP World Championship.

The 2009 World Supersport champion underwent a routine operation at the Policlinico di Modena yesterday, a hospital that specialises in hand and arm surgery, under the supervision of Dr Antonio Landi. He is under observation of the Clinica Mobile staff and Dr. Costa who will be following him all way through his recovery.

Crutchlow has been suffering with arm pump in the opening two rac es in Qatar and Jerez, which is a common condition in MotoGP given the physical demands of competing in the elite class. In Crutchlow's case, muscles in his right arm were trapping nerves and causing numbness in his right hand and arm while riding his YZR-M1 machine.

After finishing 11th in a fantastic MotoGP debut in Qatar last month and then eighth in an incident-packed Spanish Grand Prix at Jerez, Crutchlow took advantage of the long break prior to the next race in Estoril on May 1 to complete the surgery.

Crutchlow will have stitches removed in 12 days time and he is confident he will be fully fit when practice for the Estoril round in Portugal commences on April 29.

Cal Crutchlow:

"Since the start of the year I've had a problem with my arm muscles and nerves and my hand went numb when I was riding. It started in Sepang in testing and it occurs each time I ride the bike. Therefore we decided to do this operation to solve the issue, so I can be in 100 per cent physical condition for the rest of the season. With this break we have now, it was the perfect time to have the surgery and be assured that I can be back in peak condition for the next race in Portugal. At the moment I can't feel two of my fingers, but the doctor said that is completely normal and that the feeling will come back very soon. They had to move the muscles from the nerves as the muscle was trapping the nerves and that's why I was losing feeling in my hand and arm. The doctors said that in 12 days the stitches will come off and I will be able to ride in Portugal, so I'm really looking forward to riding the bike without the problem with my arm."

Hervé Poncharal – Team Manager:

" To have surgery once the season has started is always a worry, but I think Cal made the right decision as we have this long break now before the next race in Portugal. If he didn't have the operation the problem could get bigger and bigger, and you need to be at 100 per cent to ride in MotoGP and be competitive. I remember Marco Melandri had the same problem in 2004 and he had the same surgery between Catalunya and Assen, which were back-to-back races. He had the surgery on the Monday after the race in Spain and only five days later he was on the podium in Assen and it was no problem. Cal has much more time to recover, so we hope to see him without this problem and continuing his amazing start for the Monster Yamaha Tech 3 Team in Estoril. We are very happy with his progress so far and hopefully now he will be free from the arm problem we will only see him getting stronger."

Bautista back on the Rizla Suzuki GSV-R!!!

Publish Date: Thursday, April 07, 2011

Rizla Suzuki's Álvaro Bautista has made a return to the seat of his Suzuki GSV-R, just two weeks after breaking his left femur in a high-speed crash.

The Spanish star visited his home Grand Prix in Jerez last weekend and, behind the closed doors of the team's pit-box, Bautista could not resist getting into the riding position on the prototype MotoGP machine after his crash at Qatar just 16 days earlier. Bautista climbed aboard the GSV-R and settled into a racing position on the stationary bike, accompanied by a typical big smile from him and a round of applause from his loyal crew.

Bautista is now undergoing an intensive recovery programme back in Madrid, including the use of a hyperbaric chamber to increase the oxygen flow in his body to aid the healing of his injury. Although no date for Bautista's full-time return to MotoGP is yet confirmed, he is working as hard as possible to be back on the grid at the earliest possible opportunity.

Álvaro Bautista:

"It was strange for me at Jerez last weekend, because I was at the race, but not in the race! Once I saw the bikes on Saturday sitting in the garage, I just had to try and sit on one of them. I tried very slowly to get on the seat, which was a bit difficult, but once I was on there the feeling was not too bad. The most difficult thing was getting on and off, but it was good for me to try because now I know which parts of my leg I have to work on to improve my flexibility and strength to be able to ride - it was a good test for me to find this out! The healing is coming along very well, my doctor says it is very quick, but for me it already seems too slow. The movement is almost normal and the inflammation is coming down, so I think the over the next week I will be a lot better than I am now and will be able to start training so that I can get racing again very soon."


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Poor old Loris.I don't know where he picked up a shoulder niggle.
On the other hand Cal and Alvaro enjoy the benefits of youth. With the medical technology of the day supporting the recuperation,they sound,and rightly so,pretty upbeat.
I would love to see Loris get his 100th podium this year by any manner of means.
As Lorenzo said at the beginning of 2010 when he decided to carry the #99 plate,
'After 99 there is only one place left to go...1.
Injury is sadly part and parcel of 2 wheel racing. I'm glad that everyone came through Jerez less the worse for wear.
On a side note. Valentino came down on his right forearm followed by right shoulder,which brings me to an interview with Nicky regarding the Dianese D-air bag deployment.Is Valentino using it ? Who is ?
Anyway,I'm for anything that really aids protection of riders and machinery in the event of an 'off'.

The Tech 3 release didn't mention anything about a previous injury... interesting that Cal's issue has no history, meaning, the guy has to have surgery just to be able to ride in MotoGP?

That's crazy. If true, that's the first time I've heard of a racer having surgery for an injury not caused by an accident.

Crutchlow's problem was arm pump, which is very common among motorcycle racers (even more so among MX riders), and for which one cure is surgery (though not everyone is convinced it helps). Nicky Hayden has scars on his forearms from arm pump surgery, and has had it at least twice.

You hear arm pump come up once in a while for most racers, I never realized it alone was enough for surgery. I always thought it was just temporary due to being away from racing or out of shape (relatively speaking).

Maybe they need more spinach... I bet Popeye would never get arm pump :)

Popeye was suffering from a severe case of arm pump, the enormous pressure of blood leading to the abnormal volume of his forearms.