A week after taking his first ever Grand Prix victory in the Moto3 race in Barcelona, Jorge Navarro's luck has taken a turn for the worse. The Estrella Galicia 0,0 rider has broken his left leg in a training accident in Valencia.
Navarro crashed while riding a minimoto bike at a karting track in Valencia. According to Spanish newspaper El País, a rider fell in front of Navarro and he was unable to avoid him. Navarro broke both tibia and fibula, the two bones in his lower left leg. The Spaniard is due to be operated on in the Dexeus Institut in Barcelona on Monday.
The crash will put a damper on Navarro's Moto3 title hopes. The Spaniard has been the only rider to be able to consistently challenge Red Bull KTM rider Brad Binder, though he trails the South African by 44 points. The only piece of good fortune in Navarro's mishap is that there are now long gaps between races until the championship resumes in full again in Austria.
The Assen round of MotoGP is two weeks away, and Navarro is certain to miss that race, but the Sachsenring follows three weeks later. Being fit for that is unlikely, but not impossible: when Valentino Rossi broke his tibia and fibula in 2010, the Italian was racing again in just under six weeks. The Sachsenring is five weeks away, but the race at the Red Bull Ring in Austria is four weeks after that. Nine weeks should be long enough for Navarro to make nearly a complete recovery. The worst case scenario for Navarro is that he misses two races. When Rossi suffered the same injury in 2010, he missed four races.
Below is the press release from the Estrella Galicia team announcing Navarro's injury:
Jorge Navarro suffers tibia and fibula fractures in training in Valencia
The Estrella Galicia 0,0 rider has been admitted to the Hospital Universitari Quirón Dexeus in Barcelona, where he will undergo surgery on Monday.
Estrella Galicia 0,0 rider Jorge Navarro suffered fractures to his left tibia and fibula in a training crash this Saturday. One week on from his first victory in Grand Prix racing, the Spaniard had been undertaking laps of the KSB Karting track in Valencia in preparation for the Dutch TT Assen.
Navarro will undergo surgery on Monday, performed by Dr. Mir and Dr. Ginebreda of the Hospital Universitari Quirón Dexeus in Barcelona –where he was taken at midday on Sunday.