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Old 02-23-2016, 09:40 AM   #1
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Petrucci undergoes successful operation

The Italian broke 3 metacarpals in his right hand after crashing at Phillip Island

Petrucci undergoes successful operation

DANILO Petrucci underwent successful surgery on his righ hand on Monday after crashing on the final day of the Phillip Island MotoGP test.

Octo Pramac Yakhnich’s Italian rider had the surgery on Monday morning at Melbourne’s Alfred Hospital after breaking the second, third and fourth metacarpals in his right hand when he crashed on the final day of the test at Turn 8.

Petrucci had ended the first day of the test at the top of the time-sheets on his Ducati GP15, but he was amongst a number of riders to crash on the final day.

The 25-year-old was taken to the hospital on Saturday morning to be assessed, but his hand was too swollen to operate on and therefore had to wait until Monday to be operated on.

The operation, which lasted three hours, was declared a complete success and Petrucci is aiming to return home to Italy at the weekend after a few more checks.

After the surgery Petrucci admitted he knew the rehabilitation would not be straight forward and it would be very unlikely that he would be fit enough to take part in the next test in March at Qatar.

Despite this, he has and his team have high hopes that he will be fit enough for the start of the 2016 MotoGP season which begins at the Losail circuit on 20th March.

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