Loris Baz has taken advantage of the summer break to have surgery on his right arm, after suffering from chronic exertional compartment syndrome, or 'arm pump', a common problem among riders. The 40-minute operation was carried out by doctor Olivier Dofour at the Aix en Provence hospital.
The Frenchman had been having problems with his arm right since race one at Qatar; he initially thought it had to do with a tendon but subsequent tests proved otherwise.
Needing to take a month off, Loris has plenty of time to recover before the Czech GP on 6 August.
"To be honest I never had problems with my arms, but this year the bike is very physical, perhaps the most physical bike I’ve ever ridden in my life - explains Baz - The problems began in Qatar, this was the first time I noticed it and it prevented me from fighting with Lorenzo until the end of the race due to the pain. In Argentina it was a little less, but in Jerez and Le Mans it hurt, and in Mugello the pain was very bad. At first we thought it might be tendonitis, but in the end we found it to be compartment syndrome. After talking to several doctors like Dr. Mir or Dr. Charte, everyone agreed that surgery was needed. I tried to find a specialist and Randy De Puniet recommended Dr. Dufour. Now I will spend a quiet week before getting back to training with the bike and in the gym, so that I can be 100% in time for Brno”.