Alex Rins has set his sights on a Sachsenring return after undergoing surgery for a freak right-wrist fracture, rumoured to have been sustained by crashing his bicycle into a stationary van while training at the Catalunya circuit on Thursday morning.

In order to recover as soon as possible Rins, who has fallen in the last four MotoGP races, underwent surgery at the nearby Dexeus University hospital in Barcelona on Friday.

"Today Alex Rins underwent a minimally invasive fixation with compression cannulated screws," said Dr. Xavier Mir, Head of the Hand, Elbow and Microsurgery Surgery Unit at the Dexeus University Hospital.

"If there are no complications, I think he will be able to start functional recovery next Monday, and we do not rule out the possibility that he could compete within two weeks in Sachsenring.”

Rins confirmed that the German Grand Prix, from June 18-20, is his planned goal.

“The operation went well and I am already thinking about my recovery and returning to 100% as soon as possible," said the Suzuki star. "This whole thing has left a bad taste in my mouth, and I apologise to the team for not being able to compete as we would have liked this weekend.

"Last year here we had a great result with both bikes on the podium and it is a pity that we cannot go for that again this year. Today’s operation hopefully means the shortest possible recovery time, and that’s why we made the decision to have the surgery. I’ll do my best to be back for the German Grand Prix. Thank you to everyone for the messages of support.”

Among those offering their support was MotoGP rival Aleix Espargaro.

"I feel really bad for Rins, very bad. He's had many consecutive crashes, so when I heard on Twitter that he will miss this race due to this stupid [bicycle] crash I felt very, very bad for him," he said.

"You never want this for a mate. It’s bad luck. I do 20,000 kilometres a year with a road bicycle, I don’t care if it’s raining, if it’s snowing and in the last four/five years I never crash you know. But if you train, sometimes it can happen.

"What happened to Rins is very bad luck. Sometimes when you are relaxed because you are riding a bicycle on track [instead of the road], you maybe disconnect and are perhaps he was thinking about other things, and he was not able to see the van. It’s very bad luck. Very, very bad luck."