Jack Miller braced for shoulder surgery

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Jack Miller will make a rapid return to Europe after his second MotoGP test outing in Malaysia this week to undergo surgery on his right shoulder.

The Aussie will take part in a three-day test at the Sepang track where he will get the chance to ride the upgraded Honda RC213V-RS Open class bike for the first time ahead of his rookie season in 2015.

The 19-year-old, who finished runner-up in the Moto3 world championship, is then planning to fly straight back to Barcelona where he will have four loose screws removed from his right shoulder.

The procedure will be carried out by respected MotoGP medic Dr Xavier Mir and Miller doesn’t believe it will take long for him to resume full training for the winter.

Miller told MCN: “I’ve got to come back to Barcelona after the test and see Dr Mir and get four screws taken out of my shoulder that have come loose and get my shoulder back into working order. It will never be 100% but I just want get my body ready for the 2015 season. This will be a small operation and five days after that I can start training. Dr Mir just doesn’t want any sweating around the scar until it heals, that’s his biggest worry.  The screws aren’t actually in the bone, they are next to it, and they have come loose.  A year ago the plate pulled out and spilt the bone, so Dr Mir pushed the bone back down and put two screws on either side to hold it in place.”

The shoulder injury stems from a crash that broke his right collarbone in Indianapolis last August and he said: “I broke my collarbone in Indy and raced in Brno four days later and then did the rest of the season, although by the end of the season the plate was bending. Then I crashed in my first test with KTM and my shoulder went black and looked disgusting. I iced it up for two days and then did a two-day test in Almeria with KTM and went to Dr Mir and discovered the plate had pulled out and I needed surgery. One of the tendons had fallen off and went down my back, so it was a massive operation and I had wait for it to mend during the off-season last year.  But this next surgery is small and should be OK.”

Matthew Birt

By Matthew Birt