Jack Miller breaks leg in training accident

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New MarcVDS rider Jack Miller is in doubt for the first of MotoGP’s pre-season tests in only two weeks time after breaking his tibia and fibula in a motocross training crash on Sunday in Spain.

The 21-year-old had surgery this morning to stabilise the two fractures with compression plates and screws. Doctor Eugenio Gimeno carried out the procedure at the Hospital University Quirón Dexeus in Barcelona following examination by Doctor Xavier Mir.

Speaking after the operation, Team Principal Michael Bartholemy says a decision is still to be made on whether he will attempt to travel to Malaysia.

“Jack was unfortunate to sustain an injury so close to the start of pre-season testing, but riders need to train and there is always some risk when you train on the MX bike. The good news is that the injury is not quite as severe as we first thought and that the surgery was successful.

“For a normal person the recovery period after such an injury would be long, but racers aren’t normal people and I’m sure Jack is keen to get back on a bike as soon as possible.

“What is important now is that we monitor his recovery and that he rides again only when he is fit enough to do so, even if that means him missing the first of the MotoGP pre-season tests in Sepang.” 

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Simon Patterson

By Simon Patterson

MotoGP and road racing reporter, photographer, videographer