Following a crash during March Moto2 testing at Jerez aboard the Moriwaki Honda-powered motorcycle, Toni Elias underwent surgery. During the operation, screws were inserted into the Spaniard's left hand and right ankle.
Although healing, the 27-year-old rider still acheived the inaugural Moto2 Championship after a hard-fought year of the world's most competitive motorcycle racing.
And on Tuesday evening, the man who will be riding the LCR Honda in 2011 MotoGP had those screws removed at the Teknon Clinic in Barcelona.
The surgery, completed by Doctor Joaquim Casanas, was successful. Elias then stayed overningt at the clinic for additional recovery.
On Wednesday morning, Elias was released from the clinic, saying he was confident in his upcoming rehabilitation so he can better prepare for the 2011 MotoGP Championship aboard the Honda RC212V.
Toni Elias says: "I had a peaceful night and I have to say it is a lot less painful than I expected. This was a good time to have this operation, because now I have plenty of time to recover ahead of the Test in February. After 15 days I'll start a full rehabilitation."
On Wednesday afternoon, Elias was in attendance for the Talita Foundation's 2011 calendar, and will receive an award in Portugal on Thursday.
In late October, the LCR Honda MotoGP Team announced its new cooperation with the Moto2 Champion Elias and Honda HRC for the 2011 MotoGP Championship.