2016 Moto3 World Champion Brad Binder will be forced to sit out of the American Moto2 Grand Prix after undergoing further surgery on the arm he broke last season.
The South African broke his left arm during a post-season testing crash in Valencia where he was hit by his KTM Moto2 machine. After extensive surgery and rehabilitation Binder was able to take part in the opening rounds of the Moto2 season.
However, during last weekends Argentine Grand Prix Binder complained of discomfort in his forearm. After being assessed in the medical centre at the Termas de Rio Hondo circuit, it was confirmed that the bone remained broken and that the plate applied to the injury had moved.
Binder then flew back to Barcelona where Dr. Xavier Mir performed a two hour operation, replacing the old plate and fixing a new one to the 21-year-old.
“Today we operated on Brad Binder, who had suffered a loosening of the plate on his left forearm,” said Dr. Mir.
“The operation consisted of three phases: The first, removing the old plate, which had lost the pronator axis. Secondly, we placed a new plate with the correct axis of the radius, so that it could do twisting movements,” he said.
“Finally, a graft removed from his arm to wrap around the old fracture and ensure that the bone heals as soon as possible. He will remain in hospital for between 24 and 48 hours and we believe that he will be able to begin recovery exercises in three weeks.”
Binder’s exact return remains in question, with Binder and the team hopeful he will be in Jerez for the fourth round. Whilst nothing has been confirmed, Spaniard Ricky Cardus is expected to stand in for Binder next weekend in Austin.
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