Australian rider Jack Miller has had successful ‘arm pump’ surgery on his right forearm, which caused him issues during the first two Grands Prix of 2021 in Qatar.
Miller, who finished ninth in both the season-opening Qatar GP last month and the Doha GP at the weekend, went under the knife in Barcelona on Tuesday.
Arm pump, also known as Chronic Exertional Compartment Syndrome, is common among MotoGP™ riders and is a result of arm muscles swelling up under exertion and becoming too tight.
After undergoing an MRI at rest and one under strain, it was decided to perform surgery on Miller immediately to restore the forearm’s vascular and nerve activity to normal.
The factory Ducati rider will spend 24 hours in hospital and is expected to return to action at the next MotoGP™ round of the season, the Portuguese GP in Portimao on 16-18 April.
“It was a short operation, and it went very well,” Miller said.
“I can’t wait to start the rehabilitation. There are still 10 days left before the next Grand Prix at Portimao.
“If my recovery proceeds normally, I’ll be able to be back on track in Portugal, even if not completely at my 100% fitness.”