Jack to miss Aragon this weekend to be fit for flyaway triple-header in October.
Jack has made the decision to sit out the Aragon Grand Prix this weekend to allow more time for his injuries to heal following his crash in Sunday morning warm-up in Austria in mid-August.
Multiple fractures in Jack’s right hand meant he sat out of the most recent race at Misano, which came one race after he’d bravely soldiered on to a 16th-place finish at the high-speed Silverstone circuit earlier this month.
After scans in Barcelona last week, Jack, along with his management, HRC and the Estrella Galicia 0,0 Marc VDS Team, made the decision to miss this weekend to allow more recovery time for the flyaway triple-header in October, which features the Japanese and Malaysian Grands Prix sandwiched between his home race at Phillip Island in Australia on October 23.
World Superbike rider Nicky Hayden, the 2006 MotoGP world champion, will make a temporary return to the world championship this weekend as Jack’s replacement.
“I want to wish Jack a speedy recovery,” Hayden said.
“He is a buddy of mine and he is a rider I believe in a lot, so I hope he can get healthy as quickly as possible to show the high potential we all know he has got. He just needs to get his body right so he can perform.”
Team principal Michael Bartholemy added: “Obviously we’d have preferred Jack to be racing in Aragon, but it’s the racing that is stopping the two fractures in his hand healing properly. It makes sense to have him sit out this race in a bid to recover ahead of the three overseas races, one of which is his home race in Australia.”
Jack’s next race, fitness permitting, will be at Motegi in Japan from October 14-16.
Photos courtesy of Marc VDS.