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Bradley Smith cleared for Catalunya MotoGP

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British rider Bradley Smith has been given the green light to race at the Catalunya MotoGP this month.

The 22-year old suffered a cracked wrist, a damaged finger and a black eye after two crashes in Sunday's Italian Grand Prix. But the Oxford born youngster still managed a respectable ninth place finish.

After a visit to a hand specialist in San Marino, Smith told motogp.com the good news.

"The good news is I will be fit to ride again at the next round at Barcelona."

However, the youngster also revealed that some of the injuries he picked up might have a lasting effect.

"The bad news is I've a cracked bone in my left wrist and the little finger on my left hand will be permanently bent."

The planned skin graft operation couldn't be performed by doctors due to the skin being so badly damaged around the rider's finger, but the doctors are confident that the skin on the finger and the cracked wrist will heal.

The Monster Tech 3 rider will undergo more examinations of the injuries between the Catalan race on 16 June and the Dutch race on 29 June.

"After Catalunya I will get the finger checked out again to see how it is healing because it might be that I will need a skin graft at a later stage.

"The priority right now is to try and let it recover naturally. Once again, I want to thank all the Clinica Mobile staff and those responsible for my treatment in Italy because they are doing a wonderful job and I really appreciate it."

The 2013 season is Smith's first in the MotoGP World Championships. After five race starts he has achieved 24 points for Yamaha tech 3. Last year he was competing in Moto2 World Championship when he made 33 race starts, earning three podiums and 230 points.


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