Avintia Ducati’s Loris Baz has undergone successful arm-pump surgery in a French hospital a dn expects to be fully fit for the Brno MotoGP round at the beginning of August.
Baz has been struggling with thieproblem in his right arm from the first race of the season in Qatar, and although initially doctors attributed the problem to a tendon, it was finally confirmed that the problem was the famous arm pump or chronic exertional compartment syndrome, an increasingly common ailment in MotoGP riders who have to deal with bikes that exceed 260bhp.
“To be honest I never had problems with my arms, but this year the bike is very physical, perhaps the most physical bike I’ve ever rode in my life. The problems began in Qatar, this was the first time I noticed it and prevented me from fighting with Lorenzo until the end of the race due to the pain,” said Baz.
“In Argentina it was a little less, but in Jerez, Le Mans hurt, and in Mugello the pain was very strong. At the begining we thought it might be tendonitis, but in the end we found it to be compartment syndrome. After talking to several doctors like Dr. Mir or Dr. Charte, everyone agreed that surgery was needed.
“I tried to find an specialist and Randy De Puniet recommended me to Dr. Dufour. Now I will be quiet week and then I will start to train with the bike and in the gym to get back to action in Brno at 100 per cent.”