It was a busy day at the Dexeus clinic in Barcelona, as both Marc Marquez and Cal Crutchlow went under the knife to fix injuries picked up at the opening round of the season at Jerez.
Marquez broke his right humerus in a fast crash at Turn 3 during the race, while Crutchlow fractured his left scaphoid in a crash during warm up. Surgery was successful for both riders, with no complications reported.
Marc Marquez had the more invasive surgery. The doctors opened his right upper arm to put the broken humerus back together and fix it in place with a titanium plate.
The best news from the operation is that there was no nerve damage, which had been a concern in the immediate aftermath of the crash.
With the humerus now plated, Marquez is aiming to return at Brno, to be held on August 9th. If that is too soon, then the Repsol Honda rider will try to race at the first round in Austria a week later.
Cal Crutchlow had the fractured scaphoid in his left hand pinned. The LCR Honda rider will test his wrist on Friday, to see if it will withstand the forces of riding a MotoGP machine.
Source: Repsol Honda & LCR Honda; Photo: Repsol