When will the training injuries end?!
It seems that hardly a month goes by without a training injury for a MotoGP rider these days. You would have thought that by now they would have all learned to wrap themselves up in cotton wool between rounds, but here we are again with news of another broken leg caused by an accident during some off-road training.
According to the Marc VDS team, Miller fractured the top of the tibia after putting his foot down to prevent a slow-speed crash whilst training on a trials bike near his European base in Andorra on Friday.
“Obviously I‘m both disappointed and frustrated to have to sit out the Japanese Grand Prix through an injury sustained while training, especially as it wasn’t even a crash” – Jack Miller
Despite being a ‘low speed’ crash, the injury is said to be bad enough to have the team concerned about it preventing Miller from riding at his home GP at Philip Island, Australia on October 22nd.
Between then and now however, there is the Japanese MotoGP round to be raced and his team are doing all that they can to get Miller back and on a bike as soon as possible. So with Rossi taking just 22 days to return from his injury, it’s possible that Miller could well be back in front of his home crowd.
Assuming he stays off of the dirt bikes that is.
“Jack was extremely unfortunate to end up with a fractured tibia from such a seemingly innocuous incident; it was just bad luck. The timing is also unfortunate, as we’re about to head overseas for three races in as many weekends, but Jack is adamant that he will miss only next weekend’s Japanese Grand Prix at Motegi. His aim is to be back on the bike for his home race at Phillip Island and the prognosis is good. He will work now with a physiotherapist to increase mobility in the injury and, together with his doctors, we will make a decision on whether he is fit to ride in Phillip Island immediately after the Japanese Grand Prix.”