Suzuki World MXGP rider Kevin Strijbos will be sitting-out the next few rounds of the MXGP season due to an elbow injury that he sustained the MXGP of Trentino, a press release from the team has confirmed. It was decided that Strijbos would undergo surgery yesterday morning, with initial reports suggesting that the operation to repair the tear in the tendon and remove the inflammation in his elbow was a success.
“Sunday night I was in so much pain, so I knew we had to do the operation," Strijbos stated in a press release. "Dr De Schrijver who has operated on me before performed the surgery and he said it went well. The tear has been fixed and the inflammation removed. Now I am in a cast for a week or ten days, with the plan then to remove it and see how the recovery is going."
Strijbos exclusively revealed that he would travelling down this path in our post-race podcast on Sunday evening and also addressed some concerns that he has. "That is also one of the reasons why I don't want to have an operation," he told us. "It's not easy when you get older to get a new team and a good team. I just want to try to be back strong and as quick as possible to try and find another ride for next year. I just want to ride still!" In the same set of podcasts, Stefan Everts confirmed that he is unsure whether a replacement rider would be drafted in.
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