Moto3 title contender Maverick Vinales has undergone reconstructive surgery on his right ring finger, following a testing accident at Jerez on Wednesday.
The new Laglisse KTM rider sustained 'loss of tissue in a nail and finger' when it became trapped under the bike during a fall. The teenager immediately left the test and headed for Barcelona, to undergo further medical checks.
Whilst an operation was initially not thought to be needed, reconstructive surgery was indeed carried out on Thursday - when Vinales, a nine time grand prix winner during two world championship seasons, should have been taking part in the final day of pre-season testing.
Team manager Pablo Nieto wrote on Twitter: “The surgery for Maverick today in Barcelona has been a success and he will be at 100% in Qatar."
Vinales - denied a clean sweep of all three pre-season tests when Luis Salom edged ahead, in his absence, on the final day at Jerez - will thus return to action during first practice for the Losail season-opener on April 4.