Injury Rules Nicolas Terol Out of TT Assen

Nicolas Terol will not race in tomorrow's TT Assen as a result of the finger injury sustained during today's practice and qualifying sessions. The current 125cc championship leader suffered the first of two accidents in the morning practice session and fractured the little finger on his right hand as well as hurting his heel.

The Spaniard was then on target to challenge Maverick Vinales for pole position in the afternoon before crashing again, this time sliding off at turn six and suffering an abrasion to the already injured finger. Terol had qualified on the third row but has chosen to miss the race in order to have on operation on the damaged tendons.

This presents his championship rivals with an opportunity to close the gap, with Jonas Folger the nearest challenger, 35 points behind. The German had an accident of his own during the rain affected qualifying session but will still start from seventh on the grid with Maverick Vinales starting from his second successive pole position. The Blusens by Paris Hilton Racing rider is 63 points away from the series leader.

Despite his injury, Terol is still hopeful of being fit for the Gran Premio d’Italia TIM at Mugello next weekend.