MotoGP: Miller aiming for Brno return

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Jack Miller is hoping for a return to the MotoGP championship this weekend at Brno, only five days after sustaining hairline fractures to his wrist and T6 vertebra in a high-speed crash during morning warm-up on Sunday at the Austrian Grand Prix.

Crashing heavily at the Red Bull Ring’s turn eight, the Australian race winner tumbled heavily – necessitating him sitting out the race as he underwent medical examination. But, with only hairline fractures diagnosed, he says he’s keen to get back to action.

“This is not the way I wanted to start the second half of the season but that’s the way it is. It’s a shame it didn’t work out for me but I’ll keep giving it 100% and now I’m hoping to be fit to race in Brno next week, as I really like that track.  I banged my foot and that’s a bit sore, as is my wrist and vertebrae with the small fractures but hopefully I can heal quickly.”

Team boss Michael Bartholemy echoed his rider’s sentiments, admitting that while it was a disappointment he couldn’t race, medical matters take first priority.

“It is disappointing that Jack could not race in Austria but we must think about the future and make sure he is fit and healthy. We will do a medical check with Jack on Wednesday in Brno to assess his condition before deciding whether to submit him to an official medical assessment on Thursday at the circuit.”

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Simon Patterson

By Simon Patterson

MotoGP and road racing reporter, photographer, videographer