Broken right leg outs Jack for Motegi, but he’s hopeful of an Island return.

Jack will miss the Japanese Grand Prix on October 15 after breaking his right leg in a trails bike accident late last week.

The Estrella Galicia 0,0 Marc VDS Honda rider fractured the top of his tibia when he put his right foot down to save a slow-speed front-end crash.

He had an operation in Barcelona over the weekend, where a plate and eight screws were inserted to stabilise the fracture. He’s now back at his Andorra base, with an intensive physio program planned to try to get him fit for his home race in Australia, which takes place at Phillip Island on October 22.

“Obviously I’m both disappointed and frustrated to have to sit out the Japanese Grand Prix through an injury sustained while training, especially as it wasn’t even a crash,” Jack said.

“We were out trials riding and I put a foot down when I lost traction from the front tyre. Nine times out of ten that would have been the end of the story, especially at such a low speed, but this time I must have caught my foot on something and ended up fracturing my right tibia close to the knee. The injury has been stabilised with a plate and screws and I already have some movement, but it’s clear that I won’t be fit for Motegi. However, I am determined to be back on the bike at Phillip Island and that’s what I’ll be working towards now with the physiotherapist.”

Team principal Michael Bartholemy said a decision on whether Jack is fit to ride in Australia will be taken immediately after the Japanese Grand Prix.

Photos courtesy of Marc VDS.