Fabio Quartararo undergoes arm pump surgery following Spanish slump

Fabio Quartararo goes under the knife to alleviate arm pump following his alarming drop in form during the Spanish MotoGP at Jerez

Fabio Quartararo - Yamaha Factory Racing 2021

Fabio Quartararo has undergone surgery to help alleviate arm pump in the wake of a sudden slump in performance during the Spanish MotoGP that arguably cost him a third win of the 2021 MotoGP World Championship season.

The Frenchman had established a clear lead during the fourth race of the year in Jerez as he sought to extend his championship lead, but fell back alarmingly during the second-half of the race despite there being no obvious issue with his Yamaha Factory M1.

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After the race it transpired Quartararo had been suffering from severe arm pump, a swelling in the muscles that causes significant pain and a loss of strength. It is a common affliction for MotoGP riders, with the likes of Jack Miller - who won on Sunday - and Iker Lecuona undergoing their own surgeries earlier this season too.

Having held on to finish 13th in Jerez, Quartararo skipped the post-event test in Jerez to undergo surgery to ensure he will be fit enough to compete in Round 5, his home French MotoGP at Le Mans.

Never one to miss an opportunity to get on social media - sans top - Quartararo says his sole goal is now to ensure he is back to his best for Le Mans.

The issues prevented Quartararo from taking a formidable advantage in the overall standings following victories in Rounds 2 and 3 Losail and Portimao. A third win in four races would have given him a 24 point advantage over Pecco Bagnaia, but is now two points shy of the Ducati rider.