Benoit Paturel was ecstatic to receive a deal with Gebben Van Venrooy Kawasaki to contest the 2019 FIM Motocross World Championship, as it would provide him with structure during the off-season. That is something that he really lacked a year ago. Paturel has now hit a bump in the road, however, and will be behind the eight ball again when he joins the premier division, as he underwent surgery earlier this week.
"Hey everybody. Like you saw in Italian championship, I was not able to finish the races because I had really big arm pump," Paturel said in a statement. "Directly on Monday I saw my doctor and he told me, "You need operation." I will not be on the gate in Argentina but I will come back stronger. Thanks to to my team." Speaking of the team, they provided a lot more detail when explaining the situation. Their statement can be read in full below.
"The Frenchman had surgery on both his arms earlier this week. Benoit had the compartment syndrome, which results from high tissue fluid pressure in his forearms that leads to reduced capillary perfusion below the level necessary for tissue viability. Due to this problem he wasn't able to ride the bike like he normally can. Benoit will be out for three weeks and will return in the world championship at the second round at Matterley Basin, Great Britain."
Benoit Paturel only completed six Grand Prix in his maiden MXGP season, so limped to twenty-seventh in the championship standings. A twelfth in a moto was his best finish.
Words: Lewis Phillips | Lead Image: Kawasaki Racing