Viñales: ‘I thought I had blown the World Championship'

Friday, 22 March 2013

Maverick Viñales has spoken of the crash which initially threatened to seriously affect his 2013 Moto3™ title challenge. The Spaniard has lost a finger tip after crashing on the final day of pre-season testing at Jerez.

After surgery had been carried out by Dr. Xavier Mir at the Quiron Dexeus University Hospital in Barcelona, a press conference was staged on Friday morning. 18-year-old Viñales was yet to be discharged, having stayed overnight.

“I thought I had blown the World Championship for the year,” admitted the Team Calvo rider. “When I got up and looked at my hand I was so scared, speechless…this is my first injury. I was absolutely on the limit, got the corner wrong and lost it.”

The crash took place at Crivillé corner, which is the penultimate and fastest of the Circuito de Jerez. With a skin graft having taken place, the only thing which could still prevent Viñales from competing in Qatar is infection; with this in mind, he will be seeing doctors for check-ups on Monday and Wednesday of next week. Following these two reviews, he will be able to commence gentle rehabilitation with a phsiotherapist, ensuring that the rider is ready in time for the opening Grand Prix.

Viñales expressed his thanks to hospital staff as well as for a message from MotoGP™ World Champion Jorge Lorenzo, who suffered a similar injury in 2011: “I appreciate those words, especially because they happen to come from an idol.”

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