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Moto2, Filip Salac under the knife for compartment syndrome, will miss Portimao

The young Czech driver, who has been alongside Tony Arbolino in the Marc VDS team since this year, has successfully undergone an operation on his right forearm for compartment syndrome; he will miss the Portimao GP for optimal physical recovery

Moto2: Filip Salac under the knife for compartment syndrome, will miss Portimao

After a difficult start to the championship in Qatar, in which he finished 21st after missing Q2 in qualifying, Filip Salac's debut with the ELF Marc VDS team suffers another interruption. Indeed, it is learned that after experiencing a persistent compartment syndrome problem in his arm during pre-season testing and the opening race of the 2024 Moto2 World Championship in Qatar, the Czech rider underwent successful surgery today on his right forearm. The operation was performed by a team of specialists led by Dr. Xavier Mir at Hospital Universitari Dexeus in Barcelona to relieve chronic exertional compartment syndrome.

The 22-year-old had already undergone surgery last December in the Czech Republic to resolve the same problem encountered in the last races of the busy 2023 season. Unfortunately, the symptoms for the rider recurred, and after consultation with Dr. Mir and MotoGP Medical Director Dr. Angel Chartre, the Elf Marc VDS Racing Team decided to undertake a second surgery.Because of this, with just over a week to go before the start of the second round of the championship to be held in Portimao, the Elf Marc VDS Racing Team has decided that Salac will not participate in the second round at the Algarve International Circuit so that he can focus on making a full recovery before next month's race in Austin, Texas.

"During the winter I underwent an operation to try to solve the problems with my arm pump, but unfortunately when I started racing again in pre-season testing the problem recurred," said FilipSalac. " The pain and discomfort made it very difficult for me to ride the longer distances during the first round in Qatar. I discussed at length with the medical team in Barcelona and it seems that the problem had not been solved with the first operation, and that the best solution would be for me to undergo a second operation. The operation went very well and I feel fine, although I am extremely sad and disappointed that I cannot race in Portimao. I feel sorry for the team and our great sponsors, and I thank everyone for their understanding and support, as they made it clear from the beginning that my well-being is the top priority for them. I will now work hard to recover quickly so that I can return to the track and perform at my highest level as soon as possible."

"It is a great pity to learn that the consequences of an unresolved problem require a new surgery resulting in Filip's absence from the second Grand Prix in Portimao," reiterated Marc Van der Straten, " However, his health and rehabilitation are the number one priority for us . It is unfortunate that Filip has to deal with this situation, but we are convinced that it was the right decision to ensure his well-being now and to ensure optimal performance for the rest of the season. I am very happy that the operation was a success and I am convinced that in a short time we will be able to enjoy Filip's talent at the controls of our bike again. Finally, I would like to thank our sponsors for their understanding and trust, knowing that we are always looking out for the interests of all parties."


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