Loris Baz has been ruled out of next weekend's Catalunya MotoGP round, following surgery for foot injuries sustained in a turn one accident at Mugello.
The Avintia Ducati rider and Jack Miller were both brought down after Alvaro Bautista lost control of his Aprilia.
While the others escaped unharmed, Baz's right foot suffered multiple fractures. On Thursday in Switzerland, Baz underwent a 1.5-hour operation that saw three titanium plates, two nails and fifteen screws inserted to hold the bones in place.
The estimated recovery time of 4-6 weeks means he will miss Catalunya, and the post-race test, but has a good chance of being fit for Assen at the end of next month. The Avintia team will announce a substitute rider for Catalunya in the coming days.
“It's a shame, because the injury is quite big, not in terms of health risk, but it will take some time to heal,” Baz said. “It is not just one broken bone, but all the foot, because the one [bone] hat is not broken, the ligament does so.
“It was a tricky injury but I'm happy with the great job made by Dr. Mahler's team. Unfortunately miracles don't exist, and my bones won't heal in one week, so it's impossible to be fit for Barcelona. I want to be back in Assen, and we'll work together to make it happen.
“Now I'll go home and rest for a couple of days, because I can't do any exercise for one week. Then I'll start to work with the physio, also trying to keep my physical condition. I wan to say big thank you to my team, Bocha, Raul, my mechanics, also Hector [Barbera], who is always calling asking for news. It's difficult when you are at the hospital when you want to ride your bike, but when you know the team you have, that believes and support you, is something I really appreciate.
“Of course I want to thank my family because they have been with me every single minute. And also big thank you to the staff of Mugello's hospital, the MotoGP Medical Team and the Clinica Mobile, because they did a great job to set the dislocations.”
Baz has scored eight points so far this season, with a best result of twelfth in front of his home fans at Le Mans.
Marc VDS rookie Tito Rabat could also miss Catalunya, having fractured a collarbone in practice at Mugello, for which he also underwent surgery.