MotoGP: John McPhee ruled out of Argentine Grand Prix

John McPhee has fractured two vertebrae
John McPhee has fractured two vertebrae

John McPhee will not be able to make his return to action at next weekend’s Argentine Grand Prix.

The Scot missed the Indonesian round after fracturing two vertebrae during a Supermoto training session. Whilst surgery wasn’t required, the Max Racing Team has confirmed this morning (March 24) that he won’t race in Argentina.

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“I worked every day with my physiotherapist, with the aim of returning for the Argentine Grand Prix,” McPhee said. “Unfortunately, after a thorough examination, the doctors informed me that the fracture needs more time before it can be welded.

“We return to work with the intention of recovering for the grand prix that will take place in Texas the following weekend. I’m very sorry I can’t race in Argentina because I really love that track. I can’t wait to get back to Texas even harder.”

Round four of the season taking place at the Circuit of the Americas, Texas, just one week after the paddock’s trip to Argentina. The first European round of the year takes place at Portimao on April 22-24.

McPhee started his 2022 Moto3 campaign positively, taking fifth in the opening round of the year in Qatar.

MotoGP: John McPhee to miss Indonesian Grand Prix following training accident

First published: 14 March 2022 by Josh Close

John McPhee will miss this weekend’s Indonesian Grand Prix at Mandalika after fracturing two vertebrae in a training accident.

The Scot suffered the injury during a Supermoto training session, however, according to the Sterilgarda Husqvarna Max Racing team, the fractures are stable and therefore McPhee does not need surgery.

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McPhee started his 2022 Moto3 campaign positively, taking fifth in the opening round of the year in Qatar. He’ll now start his rehabilitation, with the intention of being fit and ready for the Argentine round on April 3.

“While training on Friday preparing for the next round in Mandalika, I suffered a Supermoto crash that unfortunately left me with two broken vertebrae,” McPhee tweeted.

“Thankfully the fractures are stable and so I will start my rehab right away to be back as soon as possible. It’s really unfortunate to miss this next race, but now I focus on my health to be back strong as soon as possible.”

The Max Racing team statement also says that this will be the first race that McPhee has missed because of a training accident. McPhee made his 125cc debut in 2010.

Unless a last-minute replacement is found, Max Biaggi’s team will run solely with Ayumu Sasaki at Mandalika. The Japanese rider led the majority of the race in Qatar, however a near highside caused damage to his fairings, resulting in a DNF.

Unlike the MotoGP grid, Moto2 and Moto3 riders will be visiting the all-new Indonesian circuit for the first time this weekend. Part of the Mandalika circuit has been resurfaced following feedback from the premier class riders.