Aleix Espargaro has admitted defeat in his bid to race this weekend at Sepang in Malaysia after the Spaniard injured his hand at Phillip Island.

Espargaro came off during the race and suffered a fracture to the fourth metacarpus of the left hand. The Gresini Aprilia rider had intended to avoid surgery this weekend to boost his prospects of competing in Malaysia, but he will now undergo an operation on Thursday in Barcelona.

Espargaro is now aiming to make his return at the final round of the season at Valencia in Spain in November.

“The idea after the injury was to avoid surgery and to try to race here in Malaysia. Unfortunately, the situation is forcing me to go back home for surgery so that I will be able to fully recover for Valencia,” he said.

“In agreement with Dr. Mir, we agreed to have the surgery done on Thursday in Barcelona. It was an unfortunate crash, but I am already focused on the last race of the season where I want to demonstrate the level that the Aprilia RS-GP and I have reached.”

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