British Moto GP racer Bradley Smith will be fully fit for this weekend's Assen Grand Prix, after a successful double operation to correct left hand and wrist injuries.
Smith suffered a cracked wrist, a damaged finger and a black eye in two crashes at Mugello a fortnight ago.
Despite his injuries - the 22-year-old recovered to finish the race - before coming home in a career-best sixth in last week's race in Barcelona.
The Oxford rider has since had a 75-minute operation to insert a small screw in his left scaphoid bone and has undergone a skin graft to repair the damage to his little finger.
A small section of skin was removed from his left forearm and the specialist team at the USP Institut Universitari Dexeus of Barcelona are confident the graft was successful.
"Everything went as well as expected and now I am just resting my arm as much as possible," Smith said.
"The double operation was a success and I can't thank the doctors enough. They have done a fantastic job and they told me that the wrist and finger surgery were both a success.
"The wrist shouldn't give me any problems now hopefully but we need a few more days to see whether the skin graft has taken. I tried to race on without surgery but it wasn't possible but I am glad it is done now because I can concentrate on riding pain free.
"I'll have an assessment when I get to Assen but I will be ridding there and I am really looking forward to it.
"The last two races have not been easy given my physical condition but the top six in Catalunya was great for my confidence and hopefully I can build on the momentum gained with another strong ride in Assen."
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