Danny Webb aggravates old shoulder injury in Jerez spill

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A disastrous Moto3 test in Jerez ended in painful fashion for British rider Danny Webb after he aggravated an old right shoulder injury in a crash on the final day of winter testing.

Webb, who turns 21 today, endured a frustrating three days in Jerez as a result of a persistent engine problem with his new Mahindra machine, which runs a motor supplied by Italian company Oral Engineering.

The Kent rider finished in a lowly 21st position on the timesheets with a best time of 1.49.499, over 2.6s adrift of the fastest pace set by Spanish title favourite Maverick Vinales.

A difficult test in which he spent long and frustrating spells sat in the Mahindra garage was compounded by a final day crash when he lost the front in the first right-hander entering the stadium section at Jerez.

The accident damaged a tendon in his right shoulder which he first damaged in a warm-up crash for the Italian Grand Prix at Mugello last season and he told MCN: “I went out on a new set of tyres with the hard front because I didn’t like the softer one and just lost the front.

“I got a bit too excited too early but the main issue is I hurt my right shoulder like I did in Mugello last year. The tendon has jumped out where it should be right at the socket. I broke my collarbone in Mugello and the tendon just stretched and jumped out.

“It is not giving me too much pain and I went out afterwards but it is one of those pains that niggles all the time. I’ll go home and have plenty of physio and make sure I’m ready for Qatar.”

For seven pages of reports from the Jerez test, see the March 28 issue of MCN.

Matthew Birt

By Matthew Birt