News 12 Sep 2016

Existing hand injury forces Miller out of Misano

Australian to undergo further evaluation prior to Aragon GP.

Source: Supplied.

Source: Supplied.

Team Estrella Galicia 0,0 Marc VDS rider Jack Miller was forced to withdraw from the San Marino Grand Prix due to an ongoing hand injury.

Miller initially injured his hand along with fracturing his T6 vertebra at the Austrian Grand Prix last month after a high speed crash in the warm-up session, resulting in him being sidelined for the following round at Brno.

Despite racing last weekend’s Grand Prix at Silverstone and qualifying 17th at San Marino, the demanding Misano circuit saw the Australian suffer complications with his injury, leading Miller to declare himself unfit for the event.

“Misano is a much more physically demanding track to ride than Silverstone and my right hand has been getting worse each day,” Miller explained. “I thought long and hard about it last night, but it simply wasn’t safe for me to ride a 28-lap race with this problem.”

“Every time I got off the bike the swelling was more,” he continued. “It’s not painful, but I was lacking power in the hand and you need to have that here for the hard braking areas.”

The 21-year-old will continue to monitor the injury and undergo further evaluation prior to the Aragon Grand Prix in two weeks time.