Jack Miller could be forced to miss the opening pre-season test of 2016 after fracturing his tibia and fibula in a training accident. The Australian sustained the injuries after crashing at the Bellpuig motocross track on Sunday and underwent surgery this morning to stabilize the two fractures with compression plates and screws.
Miller will remain under observation in the Hospital University Quirón Dexeus for the next 48 hours and Marc VDS team principal Michael Bartholemy was philosophical about the accident.
“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.”
The opening Sepang test will get underway on February 1 with the first Grand Prix of 2016 scheduled for March 20 in Qatar.