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Viñales injures hand in Jerez testing crash

Maverick Viñales is being taken to Barcelona for examination following a crash in Jerez Moto3™ testing on Wednesday afternoon. The Spaniard, an expected title contender this year, has injured the third finger of his right hand.

Quickest in class during the day’s opening combined session, the Team Calvo rider suffered his accident at Crivellé corner (Turn 11, the fastest on the circuit) in the early stages of Moto3’s hour of sole track time.

With his hand having been trapped underneath the motorcycle, Viñales has lost the nail and tissue from his right ring finger. He is now flying back to Barcelona for a medical check at the Quiron Dexeus Hospital. The team has already been in contact with Dr. Xavier Mir, who has viewed images of the injury and believes a small operation will not be necessary.

“To one extent, I'm happy because we had great pace and have worked hard and well,” 18-year-old Viñales commented before leaving Jerez. “Everyday I feel more comfortable on the bike and the team is working very well. Of course, it was a shame to have the fall. Now we just need to stay calm and hope for the best possible recovery before we head out to Qatar.”

“Maverick’s injury is likely to be just a minor setback, but Team Calvo are very pleased with the progress we have made over the pre-season,” adds Team Director Pablo Nieto. “This has been our first crash, but despite that negative point we remain very optimistic because - after the first check-up at the circuit - the doctors are not expecting any problems for the first race.”

The season-opening Commercial Bank Grand Prix of Qatar will be staged in just over a fortnight’s time, under lights at Losail on 7 April.

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Moto3, 2013, Maverick Viñales

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