Team Estrella Galicia 0,0 Marc VDS has reported that Jack Miller suffered a broken tibia in a trials training accident. According to the team, Miller “fractured the top of the tibia when he put his food down to save a slow speed front-end crash.”
The Australian rider underwent surgery over the weekend where a plate and eight screws were installed to keep the break stable. He will be sidelined for the upcoming MotoGP round at Motegi, with hopes to return to action at his home round at Phillip Island.
Quotes below are courtesy of Marc VDS.
“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! We were out trials riding and I put a foot down when I lost traction from the front tire. Nine times out of ten that would have been the end of the story, especially at such a low speed, but this time I must have caught my foot on something and ended up fracturing my right tibia close to the knee. The injury has been stabilized with a plate and screws and I already have some movement, but it’s clear that I won’t be fit for Motegi. However, I am determined to be back on the bike at Phillip Island and that’s what I’ll be working towards now with the physiotherapist.”
Michael Bartholemy: Team Principal
“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.”