“Today I went to Barcelona for a scan with Dr. Xavier Mir. It showed that surgery is needed to get rid of the problem with ‘arm pump’,” said Bendsneyder. “On Wednesday afternoon I am on the operating table in Barcelona. After that it is a week of rest and recovery and then back at the start in Le Mans.”
Bendsneyder would have been struggling with a pumped forearm for several weeks. The prolonged tension on the forearms during a race can cause cramping. The drivers then speak of ‘arm pump’, or the feeling of pumped arms. The Rotterdammer who will drive for the Pertamina Mandalika SAG Team this season finished fifteenth in the GP of Spain and thus took a World Cup point.
The French motorcyclist Fabio Quartararo also suffered from the same ailment last Sunday. The Yamaha factory rider in MotoGP lost all muscle strength in his right arm and could no longer control his bike properly. Quartararo was in the lead, but fell back to thirteenth place. The Frenchman will undergo surgery on Tuesday, his Yamaha team reported.