Binder to skip Austin Moto2 round after surgery
Reigning Moto3 champion Brad Binder will skip the third round of the Moto2 season in Austin, as the South African's arm injury required further surgery.
The Ajo KTM rider broke his left arm at the end of the 2016 season during testing at Valencia, which required a surgery, and he missed the first pre-season test of the 2017 season.
Binder admitted his injury put him on the back foot in the early stages of the season, which started with a 20th place in Qatar.
He felt discomfort during the subsequent round in Argentina, where he battled to a ninth-place finish, and it was discovered the plate applied to the injury moved.
Binder had undergone further surgery on Thursday afternoon in Barcelona, and has been ruled out from competing at Austin, and his return in an following round is yet to be confirmed.
Regular MotoGP surgeon Dr Xavier Mir said: "Today we operated on Brad Binder, who had suffered a loosening of the plate on his left forearm.
"The operation consisted of three phases: The first, removing the old plate, which had lost the pronator axis. Secondly, we placed a new plate with the correct axis of the radius, so that it could do twisting movements.
"Finally, a graft removed from his arm to wrap around the old fracture and ensure that the bone heals as soon as possible.
"He will remain in hospital for between 24 and 48 hours and we believe that he will be able to begin recovery exercises in three weeks."
The Ajo KTM team has yet to announce who will replace Binder in Austin, although long-time Moto2 rider Ricky Cardus was called up to fill in for the South African when he was unavailable during testing.
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