Zulfahmi Khairuddin undergoes successful operation and will ride in Malaysian GP


Malaysian rider undergoes minor surgery to his right wrist in Barcelona and confirms participation at Sepang.

Zulfahmi Khairuddin underwent successful surgery on his wrist in Barcelona this morning, treatment in a procedure carried out by Director of Microsurgery and Hand Surgery at the Hospital Universitario Quirón Dexeus, advice Dr Xavier Mir. The Red Bull KTM Ajo rider decided on the operation in order to be fully fit for the Malaysian GP, which is the next round on the calendar and Zulfahmi Khairuddin’s home race.

This past Sunday at MotorLand, Zulfahmi Khairuddin suffered a crash on the final laps of the Aragon GP. He was diagnosed with a small fracture to his right wrist. Already back in Barcelona, the Malaysian rider yesterday underwent further tests, confirming an articular fracture of his right radius, a fracture to his fourth metacarpus of the left hand and bruising to his lumbar.

The medical team, headed by Dr. Mir, operated on the Red Bull KTM Ajo rider’s right wrist today. An arthroscopic procedure involved the securing of the fractured bone with titanium screws. Zulfahmi Khairuddin will be able to begin functional recovery within a few days, confirming his presence at the Malaysian GP.

Dr. Mir:
The operation went very well. Fahmi had a fractured radius of his right wrist and we were able to secure the bone with a double fixation, using titanium screws. We think that we have done a good job. He also has a fractured fourth metacarpus of the left hand, but as there is no dislocation he will not require surgery for that. If he were a normal person, I would say that he would be out for a few weeks, but I have seen the determination that he has and I am sure that he will be ready to do well at the Malaysian Grand Prix.”

Zulfahmi Khairuddin,
“These haven’t been the easiest of days, because after the crash at MotorLand I feared the worst. However, the doctors told me that there was a chance that I could undergo surgery and still be fit for my home race at Sepang in a fortnight’s time.
I have to thank the medical team for their treatment and for everything that they have done for me. I am still sore –above all my back, but now I can’t wait to fly to Malaysia and begin my rehabilitation. I am very excited about riding in front of my family, friends and home fans. It is a race for which I have been waiting all year.”