Moto2 title contender and 2022 Tech3 KTM MotoGP rider Raul Fernandez has revealed he underwent surgery last Sunday, following a cycling accident.

The Red Bull KTM Ajo rider, who has won four races so far during his rookie Moto2 campaign, fractured his fifth right metacarpal. Although his recovery is going 'better than expected', Fernandez says he won't be setting any goals for this weekend at Aragon.

The Spaniard, who suffered his second Moto2 DNF when he fell at Silverstone, is currently 44-points behind team-mate and title leader Remy Gardner and just eight clear of VR46's Marco Bezzecchi.

“I feel pretty good after the operation," Fernandez said. "We have already started our rehabilitation work and my hand is doing better than we expected. I am positive, although we have to improve little by little.

"I want to thank Dr. Xavier Mir's team from the Unidad de la Extremidad Superior Hospital Universitari Dexeus, since they treated me quickly, speeding up the process, and they were very professional.

"After what happened, I won't set any goals for this Grand Prix. I want to take things day by day, seeing how we feel, because my right hand is used for the gas and the brake.

"Aragon is a track that I really like, since I got my first World Championship podium there last year. We will do our best to be able to race on Sunday, if my hand allows it."

 

Gardner meanwhile is looking to consolidate his world championship lead after finally gaining breathing room at the top of the standings.

“Things worked out perfectly at the last race," the Australian said of his fourth win of the season. "We got the victory and that means we arrive here with extra motivation and happiness.

"However, this weekend we have to work to improve in qualifying, as we are still lacking something when it comes to our position on the grid. MotorLand Aragon is not one of my favourite tracks, but it seems like a great circuit to me.

"Our goal for this round is once again to get as many points as possible and, if we can, be in the top five."