MotoGP: Eugene Laverty undergoes successful surgery

Eugene Laverty on the Aspar Ducati during the winter test at Jerez.
Eugene Laverty on the Aspar Ducati during the winter test at Jerez.

Eugene Laverty underwent surgery on Friday morning to treat an injury to his left arm following a crash during the final MotoGP test of 2015 at Jerez in Spain on Thursday.

Laverty was diagnosed with a ‘distal fracture of the left radius, a contusion to his head and a dislocated right shoulder’ at the hospital where he was initially treated in Jerez, with further injuries being discovered upon his transfer to Barcelona.

The Power Electronics Aspar Ducati rider travelled from Seville to Barcelona early on Friday, where he was examined at the Hospital Universitario Quirón Dexeus by renowned surgeon Dr. Xavier Mir.

A 3D scan at the facility discovered further damage, with Laverty also diagnosed with a small fracture of the first thoracic vertebra and a fracture of the coracoid aphophysis in his right shoulder. Both the shoulder and vertebra can be treated with rest, although a surgical procedure was required for his left arm.

Dr. Mir and his medical team inserted a titanium plate during an operation lasting 90 minutes and the 29-year-old was due to leave the medical centre on Friday evening.

It is estimated that Laverty, who made his debut in the premier class this season, will need four to six weeks to recover from all the fractures sustained in the crash.