By Lisa Lewis

Gresini Moto2 rider Xavier Simeon will miss the first official MotoGP test for the support classes after falling at the private test held in Almeria last week, knocking out his front teeth and damaging the muscles of his mouth.

The 24 year-old was immediately taken to hospital after the incident, undergoing surgery but has been allowed to continue his recovery at home.

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Though no fractures or further complications had been discovered during Simeon's hospital spell his teeth needed immediate dental work resulting in his exclusion from this week's official Valencia test.

The Brussels born rider expects to return in time for the second official 2014 test in Jerez just next week (18th-20th February), posting on his Facebook page:

"I lost my 2 front teeth and broke all the muscles under my mouth but I had great treatment in The Clinica Mediteraneo de Almeria. I will not be in Valencia next week but in Jerez the week after."

Team Manager Fausto Gresini admits that Simeon is key to his Moto2 squad for the 2014 season and looks forward to his rider returning to the fold:

"I am very sorry for Xavier, he was really unlucky. I hope he can recover as soon as possible, because we are already missing him.

"Xavier won't probably be back in the saddle in Valencia, but we'll see him in action at Jerez from 18th of February".

Simeon scored his first podium finish last season in Le Mans and also recorded his maiden pole position at the Sachsenring.

His switch to Gresini sees him on a Suter for the first time after having used Kalex, Tech3 and Moriwaki machinery in previous seasons.