Interwetten Paddock GP rider Tom Luthi looks certain to miss at least the first two races of the 2013 MotoGP season after the multiple fractures he sustained in his testing crash with Ratthapark Wilairot in Valencia.
Luthi, who recently underwent five hours of surgery at home in Switzerland to fix the fractures received to his right elbow, upper arm and shoulder is hopeful for a return when the paddock arrives in Europe for round three at Jerez in Spain on the 5th May.
Dr Marc Mettler, who performed the surgery on the Swiss rider has said Luthi will gain full mobility back to his arm but can not give a less speculative return date until the swelling subsides and passive and active rehabilitation have begun, the recovery is expected to take somewhere between eight and twelve weeks due to the nature of his injuries.
The Interwetten press statement also revealed Luthi’s views on his accident and recovery:
“Of course this injury is a big disappointment for me”, said Luthi. “But with my doctor of confidence, Dr. Marc Mettler, I am in the best hands and I am optimistic to be able to start the rehab program and the work toward my comeback very soon. It was very nice to feel so much compassion, which motivates me even more to work hard for a speedy recovery!”
The team also addressed their very urgent problem of need ing a replacement in time for the next test:
“Tom’s recovery is our top priority and his absence from racing is of minor importance to us”, said team owner Daniel M. Epp. “But obviously, we have to prepare for the fact that he will miss the season opening races, which is why we are looking for a replacement rider for the last official IRTA test session at Jerez and for the first two Grand Prix in Qatar and Austin. A suitable rider will enable us to continue with our testing program and also will allow us to practice a smooth work flow in the garage so the technicians will also be fully fit when Tom returns!”