Double fracture in right leg for Jack Miller following training accident
Training to ride a MotoGP machine is a task filled with risk. Getting your body and mind in tune for the task of taming the 260+ bhp of a MotoGP bike is a major challenge for any rider and finding the balance between gym work and bike work is a constant issue.
Jack Miller is the latest rider who has fallen afoul of the training conundrum with the Australian fracturing the tibia and fibula of his right leg following a Motocross accident in Belgium on Saturday.
Miller posted an explanation for the accident on his Instragram account, “long story short someone lost control on the up ramp of a triple I had to close my throttle didn’t crash but the impact of the landing did this to my hobbit leg.”
Miller, who will join the Marc VDS squad this year, has already underwent surgery in Barcelona with Dr Eugenio Gimeno.
“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,” explained team boss Michael Bartholemy. “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.”
While the team has refused to rule Miller out of testing at Sepang next month with only 12 days remaining until the teams will arrive in Malaysia it’s almost certain that Miller will not be on track. With Michelin tyres and new electronics to learn time on track will be key over the winter and losing three days could prove costly for any rider.