Tom Lüthi had surgery on his broken collarbone, Saturday evening, after the Moto2 Grand Prix of the Netherlands (Ductch TT).
Lüthi was flown to Switzerland after the motorcycle race and was operated by Dr. Marc Mettler in Münsingen/Bern on a broken left collarbone around 21:30 h. The doctor replaced the existing titan plate in Lüthi´s left shoulder. Now the 24-years-old road racer is at home working on his recovery.
It is Lüthi´s target to take part at the Gran Premi di Catalunya in Barcelona/Spain next weekend. The young Swiss will arrive at the track on Thursday to see the local doctors for a check up and will decide afterwards what the schedule for the Grand Prix weekend will look like.
Lüthi had dislocated his left collarbone at a crash during motocross exercises before the British Grand Prix in Silverstone. Despite the dislocation of the left collarbone Lüthi achieved the second place in the race in Silverstone.
After the youngster from Bern had to avoid a slide during practice on Friday at the Grand Prix of Assen, the dislocated collarbone broke due to the pressure on the left shoulder. Lüthi finished the GP despite the fracture on third place.
At the same evening he was flown home and received the treatment from his independent medical examiner Dr. Mettler, who has operated Lüthi already on several similar injuries in the past.
Tom Lüthi says: “I will defiantly try to race in Barcelona. I am in third place in the world championship standings right now and I will do all I can to not risk this position. I already had one race with no points this season and I won’t risk losing more important points. I will speak to the doctors in Barcelona and hope that I will sit on the bike for the first free practice on Friday.”
Daniel M. Epp (Rider Management) says: “It was a fantastic performance of Tom to ride the bike home to second with a dislocated collarbone in Silverstone and then in Assen he hit the target again with the third place and an already broken collarbone by that time. This shows his strong will and the power this young man has. The decision to do the operation on Saturday was made to stabilize the fracture, so Tom doesn’t risk any further injuries. And of course he doesn’t want to miss a race. He will do all he can to start the race in Barcelona.”
After seven rounds, Luthi is third in the 2010 Moto2 point standings:
1. Toni Elias 100
2. Shoya Tomizawa 76
3. Thomas Luthi 74
4. Andrea Iannone 67
5. Julian Simon 61
6. Simone Corsi 55
7. Jules Cluzel 55
8. Sergio Gadea 47
9. Gabor Talmacsi 37
10 Alex Debon 37