Rizla Suzuki rider Loris Capirossi underwent surgery yesterday to repair the damage to his finger, caused by his coming together with Nicky Hayden in Sunday’s San Marino Grand Prix.

Capirossi underwent a 90 minute operation to reconstruct the bone in his little finger on his right hand, and to also re-attach the tendons in the same finger. The Italian is now back at home recovering from the op.

“The operation went very well and I am very pleased with what Dr. Soragni told me after I came out of surgery.” said Loris. “Dr. Costa was also present and he knows how the injury will heal and he will help me to make the right decision about when I can ride again. The bone has been reconstructed and I have been told I will get full movement back – which is great news – but at the moment the finger is immobilised so I don't cause any damage to the excellent work the surgeon has done.”

“Although I am in a bit of pain, this is still nothing compared to what happened at Misano on Sunday and once again I want to send my wishes and prayers to Tomizawa san's family in their time of great sadness.”

Even though he is expected to make a full recover, and regain use of his finger, it is still unclear whether Capirossi will be racing at the next round, in Aragon.