Reigning Enduro2 World Champion Josep Garcia, who had topped both the E2 class and the overall EnduroGP category just one day previously at the EnduroGP Of Italy has had surgery following his day two crash.
The Spaniard was in another close battle with Australian Wil Ruprecht for victory on the second day of racing in Carpineti, Italy when he suffered a fall on one of the faster sections of the day’s final enduro test.
Given the all-clear to continue by the on-site medical staff, Garcia successfully completed the day’s racing, salvaging a commendable fifth-place result in Enduro2. However, after returning to the paddock, it was clear that the 25-year-old Spaniard had damaged his left hand in the incident, as well as incurring several cuts and bruises.
Garcia was operated on successfully by Dr. Xavier Mir – a Trauma specialist in hand, elbow, and microsurgery. In good spirits following the operation, Garcia will, unfortunately, miss the upcoming fourth round of the FIM EnduroGP World Championship – the GP of Portugal – but hopes to be back on his bike and training as soon as possible.
“I ended up having a broken thumb which was displaced, I also had a big blow in the back of my hip which required two stitches, and my whole arm was kind of burned and grazed,” Garcia explained.
“Today I had surgery done to my thumb and it took one hour more or less, it wasn’t a long operation. The doctor said that everything went well. They put a plate in and some screws. Obviously, I won’t be fit to race in Portugal, so the goal is to come back for Slovakia. Anything can happen in the recovery process but if everything goes to plan I should be able to be there. Now I just want to concentrate on my recovery and being able to race again soon.”