Jack Miller will require a period of five to six weeks of complete rest for his right collarbone, having undergone surgery in Barcelona.
The Australian rider, who has joined the Red Bull KTM team for the 2014 season and is no stranger to collarbone injuries, was operated on by specialist Dr. Xavier Mir at the Quiron Dexeus clinic on Thursday.
His latest injury was sustained in a testing crash at Jerez last week, but the tough youngster nonetheless tested in Almeria this week, despite having to ride with the collarbone fracture.
Miller will fly back to Australia on Monday and will need to rest and fully recover in his homeland, before he commences his physical preparations for next year’s Moto3™ World Championship.
“This one was quite a major surgery because I pulled a lot of screws out when I crashed in Jerez,” he explains. “I actually re-broke the collarbone. So I did the last two days testing with KTM in Almeria with a broken collarbone. Now I need to relax for five or six weeks, not doing too much. I can’t do heavy training or do push-ups, because Doctor Mir has told me he wants the bone to set completely.”
On settling into his new team and his first feeling with the new KTM, Miller added: "Just the way the team treat me is great, the attention they are giving me. Someone is always there, to take me to the hospital or just to ask if I need anything. Things like that make you feel better and I’m really grateful for that. I feel at home and like part of a family and it makes you want to do better."
"The bike is good. It’s very fast, it handles quite well and braking stability is very good. It’s agile and it turns in very fast, so it’s a nice bike to ride."