Johann Zarco is on the brink of wrapping up the 2015 Moto2 world title in Japan this weekend after an arm injury for nearest rival Tito Rabat.

Rabat, the reigning champion, fell while taking part in one of his many training sessions at Almeria, requiring surgery for a fracture to the radius bone in his left arm.

The Marc VDS team said that a technical failure caused Rabat to crash heavily at the Almeria chicane. The Spaniard previously required surgery after breaking his right collarbone during training at Almeria in July - also due to a mechanical problem.

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Zarco's 78 point lead means he can afford to lose three points to Rabat at Motegi and still be crowned champion with three rounds to go. But the arm injury means Rabat will need medical clearance even to race.

"The bike cut out in the chicane and I went down quite hard. I'm not sure yet what caused the crash, as I haven't had a chance to check the bike over," Rabat said. "Once again the marshals and medical staff at Almeria did a fantastic job of taking care of me. They immobilised my left arm at the track and I was in hospital less than an hour after the crash.

"The doctors in Almeria spoke to my doctors in Barcelona and we decided that surgery to stabilise the fracture [with a metal plate] was the best option. The surgery last night was a success and this morning I am more confident than ever that I will be able to race this weekend in Japan with few issues."

Team boss Michael Bartholemy added: "With three races in as many weekends ahead of us, Tito's injury couldn't have come at a worse time. The fracture may only be minor, but he will have no time to recover fully until we return to Europe at the end of this month.

"It will be a tough three weeks for him but, as he showed in Sachsenring earlier in the season, he's no stranger to riding injured and it doesn't impact massively on his performance.

"What is clear is that we need to review Tito's training methods. It's important for a rider to train, but we need to minimise risk as much as possible in future."

Alex Rins is 100 points from Zarco, but would lose on a tie break (6 wins for Zarco vs. 5 for Rins) even Rins he won all four remaining rounds with no points for the Frenchman

Rabat will move to MotoGP with Marc VDS next season, while Zarco remains in Moto2.


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maybe there is something to Redding's comment that they just plain can't dial the bikes I this ear ? he had a big list of mechanical poblms after Aragon .I would have some fears if I was Tito and I had 2 mechanical failures that caused me to crash and brake bones it reminds me of racing air cooled 2 strokes in the early 60's we kept our fingers on the clutch lever waiting for a seizure ? maybe to should do the same