Joan Mir has returned from his injury with enthusiasm and an impressive pace. This was demonstrated last week in Australia and this week in Malaysia, riding in the Top5 and being competitive. However, in both races he ended up crossing the finish line in backward positions.
If at Phillip Island a defective pressure gauge caused him to start with the wrong pressures, at Sepang one of the most common and least desired enemies of the paddock appeared: compartment syndrome .
This syndrome, which is becoming more and more common among high displacement pilots, causes the forearm to seize up and prevents the pilot from having full mobility.
“I suffered from compartment syndrome in my right arm from the middle of the race,” explained Mir, 19th, at the end of the race. “I lost all my strength and sensitivity, I couldn’t brake. It’s something that can happen on this circuit, but it hadn’t happened to me before.”
But while it’s a problem that drivers often anticipate or at least don’t catch them by surprise in the middle of a race, it wasn’t like that in Mir’s case . “What makes me sad is that I didn’t see it coming. I had never complained about my arm. I want to see the doctor to prevent this from happening again.”
“I cannot allow this to happen,” the 2020 MotoGP world champion said with a serious gesture. “I will seriously think about having surgery in winter.”
Mir considers two reasons as the most likely causes of his sudden appearance: a new cam on his handlebars and the lack of a bike in his weeks off: “We put an extra cam at the beginning of this weekend, and it may have something to see. It may be that the recent inactivity, not training on a motorcycle, has influenced “.
Suzuki’s man was scared by the effects of this syndrome , which was downplayed in the paddock over the years. “My arm can get a little stiff, but at this level, never. My arm went completely numb.” “I was about to stop,” he said.
The operation to solve this ailment is now relatively simple and effective, which allows some drivers to undergo surgery in the same week as the Grand Prix.
But it wasn’t always like that, and Dani Pedrosa is proof of this; the one from Castellar del Vallès, after going through the operating room several times, came to have to get off the bike indefinitely due to his inability to put an end to the syndrome.
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