News 26 Nov 2018

Moto2 newcomer Martin suffers multiple injuries in debut test

Moto3 world champion undergoes successful surgery in Spain.

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Recently-crowned Moto3 world champion Jorge Martin saw his maiden test in the Moto2 category come to a premature end when he crashed during Friday’s opening day in Spain.

Martin quickly adapted to the Moto2 machine, however the crash that occurred in the final session of the day resulted in an injured left humerus and right foot.

The Red Bull KTM Ajo rider successfully underwent an operation in Barcelona to repair the damage, with the Spaniard set to begin the rehabilitation process within four days, and his estimated recovery time is four to six weeks.

“It was a positive day despite the crash and my fracturing two bones in my foot,” said Martin. “We had a great pace and I gradually gained confidence. I was on a very good lap, but chattering caused me to crash. It’s a shame and it makes me very angry to start my time with Red Bull KTM Ajo like this, but being positive it’s better that it happens now rather than in the middle of the season. Now it’s time to work to come back stronger.”

Iker Lecuona was drafted in to complete the test in place of Martin and continue development of the newly-introduced Triumph engine, lodging the 26th fastest time. Martin’s best-time from Friday saw him positioned 23rd on the results sheet.

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