Might be a good reminder to everyone, the next time you get race gloves get the kind with the connected ring/little finger thingies.
When that little finger gets by itself and trapped between the clip on and the ground it takes some real abuse...that's why they started making gloves like that.
A finger would have to be really screwed up to have to remove it at the level of care these pro's get. I mean mine were mincemeat and they still put them back together. They almost couldn't save my little finger...they present special problems when it comes to circulation and healing. Mine was grafted to my ring finger for a month or so to get blood from it...a relatively new proceedure for fingers. I got lucky and had a hot-shot doctor that my wife knew. Bayliss if we wants to race doesn't have the same options I had...I could have my hand out of commission for a few months, he might not want that option. It's typically only from the middle knuckle down, so it could be worse.
**** doohan did that graft/blood flow thing with his leg and was able to walk (and be champion!) again. now HE'S a sick bagger. (bicycle term). don't think john holmes could have pulled off that kind of return to action though. although i think that bobit guy had a kid after his little problem with the ginsu. damn those doctors (and nurses...mary) are amazing.
that happened to kurt liebman im pretty sure on the 888. when it went down it caught his hand between the clip and tank. it ground through his glove and fucked his hand all up. i cant even imagine. gloves are one of the best investments you can make. especially if you work with your hands. good gloves are as important as good boots, leathers, or a helmet. has anyone else thought about bark busters?
Looks like Bayliss is going to race next race. They took off the two end joints of his little finger. I wonder if he might reconsider....that baby is going to hurt something awful for a couple of weeks. And using all the fingers next to it is going to really aggrevate it.
nothing new.... in the rally world, colin mccrae was also requesting to get his left pinky cut off because he wanted to do the next rally. his team boss decided to adapt the shifter on the other side of the wheel instead! McCrae: bad ass of the decade. period.
Troy Bayliss has returned to his Monte Carlo home following an operation on his injured hand on Sunday afternoon in the UK.
The Australian, who rides for the Ducati Xerox team, had a weekend of ups and downs at Donington Park. Firstly on Friday he celebrated his 38th birthday, then on Saturday he set pole position and on Sunday he high-sided out of the race at Coppice on lap 6 of the first race on Sunday.
He was taken to the Clinica Mobile at the circuit, but doctors decided to send him to the nearby Derbyshire Royal Infirmary for immediate surgery.
The operation consisted of the removal of the top two bones (intermediate and distal phalanges) of the little finger of his right hand.
During the crash Troy had also received a powerful blow in the groin region and due to concerns, specialists at the Derby hospital also carried out checks in that area before giving him the OK to leave. Bayliss was discharged late on Monday afternoon and flew back to Monte Carlo.
He is now resting at home and he will undergo a reassessment of his injuries on Friday.
Race regulations require a further medical check on Thursday of next week before he can be declared fit to race, but all signs point to the Australian being able to return to the track for the next round of the World Superbike championship at Valencia on April 13-15.
"The crash happened so quickly that I don't remember my hand going under the handlebar or anything," said Bayliss.
"The only thing I remember when I stopped was pain in my groin, I didn't feel the hand at all. Basically I crashed through corner speed, trying to make a gap on James (Toseland) which I was doing and in this one corner the back came around on me and went into a slide/chatter.
"Normally I would save it but Coppice has a little rise and the bike came back as it crested the rise and that set it off in a different direction and I didn't have a chance at saving it. I'm confident I'm going to be fine for Valencia.
"It's hard to say after one day but I feel like things are coming along OK and I've still got plenty of days to recover. I feel like I can get on a motorbike now but I won't know that until I do. Hopefully in just a week and a half you'll see the usual Troy!"