The Moto2 test at Valencia has taken a heavy toll on some of its participants. The rookies Brad Binder and Jorge Navarro both picked up serious injuries at the test, putting an end to their preseason testing for the winter.
Binder was the most seriously injured. The reigning Moto3 champion highsided his KTM Moto2 bike at Turn 11, the bike apparently landing on his right arm and fracturing the radius, as well as damaging bones in his wrist. The South African was taken to the Dexeus Institut in Barcelona where he was examined and had a pin inserted in the broken bone.
Navarro was marginally luckier than Binder. The Spaniard, riding for the Gresini Moto2 team, dislocated his shoulder while braking for Turn 8, and ran off into the gravel. The dislocation was severe enough for Navarro to abandon the test altogether, deciding to skip the second day of the test scheduled for Tuesday.
Navarro's dislocated shoulder is a recurrence of a persistent problem. The Spaniard has therefore elected to have surgery in the hope of providing a long term solution to the problem.
There is a silver lining to the black cloud which hovers over Navarro and Binder. They both picked up their injuries right shortly before the start of the winter testing ban. They will have a little over two months to recover from their injuries before testing starts again. They will have missed very little testing in the intervening period.
Below is the press release from the Gresini Moto2 team:
NAVARRO SUSTAINS DISLOCATED SHOULDER AT THE BEGINNING OF VALENCIA TEST
The tests scheduled for today and tomorrow at the Ricardo Tormo circuit in Valencia have unfortunately ended prematurely this morning for the Team Federal Oil Gresini Moto2: Jorge Navarro has in fact been forced to stop due to the dislocation of the left shoulder. The 20-year-old Spanish rider had already planned for next December 1st a shoulder surgery to solve the problem, which had already annoyed him during this season.
The injury will stop Navarro also tomorrow, therefore the preparations of the Team Federal Oil Gresini Moto2 for the 2017 World Championship will only resume next year, after the winter break.
“The test was already going very well: we had just made a change to the bike set-up and I was feeling at ease, then under braking at Turn 8 I felt the dislocation of my left shoulder. I ended up in the run-off area, and when I arrived on the gravel it was difficult to keep control of the bike, because I had no strength, and I went down, but without consequences. I have already accused this problem several times during the season because of an old injury, in fact I had already planned a surgery next December 1st. Unfortunately the problem emerged also today and I’m very sorry because I won’t be able to continue the test. Now I look forward to the surgery in order to recover as soon as possible, and resume in the best possible way my adaptation to this category”.