Jack Miller breaks leg in training crash

Author: Oli Rushby Posted: 19 Jan 2016

Jack Miller has broken his leg

Jack Miller has broken his leg just two weeks prior to the first MotoGP test of the 2016 season in Sepang.

The Aussie star, who turned heads when jumping straight from Moto3 to MotoGP last year, sustained fractures to both tibia and fibula in his right leg in a motocross accident on Sunday.

The 21-year-old had surgery this morning to stablise the fractures with doctors reporting the procedure a success.

Miller will remain under observation in hospital in Barcelona for the next 48 hours as he recovers from the surgery.

A statement from Miller’s Marc VDS team said his participation in the Sepang tests would be decided closer to the time, but the 2014 Moto3 runner-up appears confident that he will be able to ride.

Speaking on Twitter, Miller said: “All this talk about not being sure on Sepang, right food to ride is overrated, I use too much rear brake anyway!”

Marc VDS Team Principal Michael Bartholemy added: “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 it is important now is that we monitor his recovery and that he rides again only when he is fit enough to so do, even if that means him missing the first of the MotoGP pre-season tests in Sepang.”

“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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