Moto2: Jake Dixon to miss season finale at Portimao following surgery

Jake Dixon has undergone successful surgery on his wrist
Jake Dixon has undergone successful surgery on his wrist

Jake Dixon will miss the final race of the 2020 Moto2 season at Portimao after undergoing successful wrist surgery.

The Brit fractured his right wrist during FP2 at the European Grand Prix, crashing out of the session at Valencia’s turn four. As a result, he missed that race, and also missed the second race at Valencia at the weekend.

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Dixon underwent a two-hour operation with Dr. Mike Hayton at Spire Manchester Hospital last Friday (November 13). It was confirmed that the Petronas Sprinta Racing rider’s wrist was badly damaged in the accident, with several broken bones and cartilage damage.

Dr. Hayton repaired the ligaments in question and secured the broken bones with wires. Dixon will be able to start light cardio in one week’s time, whilst the wires can be removed from his wrist mid-December. 

“It’s been a tough time since my FP2 crash at Valencia two weeks ago,” Dixon said. “Unfortunately, the injury was worse than expected, so we had to undergo surgery on it. I want to say thanks to Dr. Mike Hayton and his team for the great job they did on Friday, and also to my family, team and fans for the support they have given me this past week.

“It’s definitely the worst way to finish what was a great second year in Moto2, but I’m sure this will make us stronger next year. It’s a pity I can’t participate in the final round of the season because I’m just really looking forward to being back on my bike. We will follow the rehabilitation plan the doctor has prescribed to be fit as soon as possible.”

Dixon has enjoyed a successful second season in the intermediate class. His best came at Aragon when he finished fourth, however Dixon looked set to win in the wet at Le Mans before falling at the final corner. 

It’s already been confirmed that Dixon will remain with the Petronas Sprint Racing team next season. He’ll start his physiotherapy programme once the wires have been removed from his wrist next month.