Miller doubtful for Sepang test

Aung Thu at Muangthong United

Marc VDS rider Jack Miller is unlikely to feature in the MotoGP test at Sepang next month after he underwent surgery to repair a fractured tibia and fibula in his right leg. 

Miller suffered the injury when crashed during a motocross training session at Bellpuig in Spain on Sunday.

The 21-year-old went under the knife at Barcelona’s Hospital University Quiron Dexeus on Tuesday morning and had plates and screws inserted in his leg. He will now remain under observation for the next two days.

With the Sepang test set to begin on February 1, team principal Michael Bartholemy confirmed that a decision on whether Miller will be able to participate will be taken later this month.

“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,” Bartholemy told reporters. “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.”

Miller made his MotoGP debut last year and finished in 19th place. His best result came at the Catalan Grand Prix in Barcelona, where he finished 11th.