MotoGP: Rabat has successful surgery after Sepang crash

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Marc VDS Honda rider Tito Rabat has undergone a successful surgery in Barcelona today to repair the damage he sustained during a testing crash on Tuesday at Malaysia’s Sepang circuit. The Spaniard flew directly back to Spain after the crash for the operation, performed by doctors Xavier Mir and Ignacio Ginebreda at the Hospital Universitario Dexeus.

He broke a number of bones in the fall at turn eleven and left himself with a number of open wounds that will require a prolonged stay in hospital for intravenous antibiotics.


During the two-hour surgery, he underwent a number of procedures, including surgical cleaning of a deep laceration to his left knee, insertion of screws to stabilise a distal fracture of the radius in the right hand, insertion of a plate and screws to stabilise a small fracture to the fifth metacarpal in the right hand and immobilisation of the right foot due to a fracture to the distal phalanx

He’ll undergo further examination after two days before beginning his rehabilitation, with recovery time still to be determined according to team boss Michael Bartholemy.

“The good news is that the surgery Tito had last night was successful. Obviously the bad news is the extent of the injuries he sustained in the Sepang crash. The knee injury is the biggest issue because it was an open wound and the risk of infection is high, hence the need for him to stay in hospital over the weekend.

“On Monday, after a further assessment by doctors, we will have a clearer understanding of how long his rehabilitation will take and a realistic idea about a possible date for his return to action. We know Tito and he’s probably checking flights for the Phillip Island test from his hospital bed already, but he needs to be realistic too. It makes no sense for him to return until he’s fit enough for the physical demands that racing a MotoGP bike places on a rider.”

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Simon Patterson

By Simon Patterson

MotoGP and road racing reporter, photographer, videographer