Following an unavoidable collision with another rider, Monster Energy Yamaha Factory Racing's Jeremy Van Horebeek has broken and dislocated the index finger of his right hand. The injury occurred at the start of the MXGP Qualifying Race at the Grand Prix of Russia – round ten of the FIM Motocross World Championship.
The Belgian talent who is currently fourth in the 2017 MXGP Championship Standings was the victim of a first turn crash. He immediately went to the medical centre where X-Rays confirmed that the finger was dislocated and broken. The twenty-seven-year-old was put in plaster on site – at the track – and will return home to Belgium within the next two days where he will seek further advise and treatment.
Jeremy Van Horebeek: "I had a good day today, I finally got the parts for my bike that I had been testing a while back. I felt good, I was solid in the top five all day. I had a good start but I went down at the start with a few guys. What can I say? I was fourth in the championship, so it's a bummer, but these things happen. Gajser and Bobryshev have both been injured and now it's me. I guess it's life, we will look ahead from here."
Erik Eggens (Yamaha Motor Europe Off-Road Racing Manager): "It's a pitty that Jeremy is now injured. He has been very consistent this season and it appeared as though he was getting stronger at every race. He had some small injuries and illnesses to deal in the first few races but he had recovered and was looking very strong.
"We saw that he was going to be a sharp contender in racing today when you look at how strong he was in Practice and Timed Training but he was incredibly unlucky to be injured today. We don't have any doubt about his ability and his speed, he was looking good for the second half of the season. Now his main focus is to make a good recovery and we will know more information about his injury and when we can expect him to return after he has been further examined by the doctors and specialists back in Belgium."
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