Franco Morbidelli has undergone successful surgery to correct his left knee problems which ruled him out of the Dutch Grand Prix and will now undergo rehabilitation which may rule him out of Austria.

Post Assen, MotoGP enters a 5-week long summer break, with no racing happening in the month of July. It seems lucky that Morbidelli’s injury worsened just before the break, but the rehabilitation from the surgery may mean he misses the Austrian and Styrian Grands Prix on the other side of the break.

Morbidelli will stay in hospital until Sunday for observation, after the 1 hour surgery repaired the ligament in his left knee that had been acting up for months.

Morbidelli said of his surgery: “After another painful incident with my left knee training on Wednesday I made the decision, together with Petronas Yamaha SRT and the VR46 Academy, to fix this issue that I’ve been carrying for too long now.”

“I underwent surgery this morning with only one idea in my mind: to come back in the best form as soon as possible and to be able to perform at 100% on the bike. I’ll miss my team, my bike, and all the fans during this period, but I’m looking forward to being at the circuits again and enjoying racing. Thank you for all of your messages of support. See you soon!”

Garrett Gerloff will be replacing Morbidelli for the time being, with the American making his MotoGP debut in Assen.

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