Aleix Espargaro will miss the Suzuki MotoGP team’s test at Sepang next week, after fracturing a vertebra in a training accident.
The Spaniard injured his back while landing his off-road motorcycle from a jump near his hometown of Granollers on Thursday.
He spent the evening in Barcelona’s Hospital Universitari Quiron Deixeus after undergoing initial checks, and an MRI on Friday morning revealed a flexion fracture of the T9 vertebra.
Espargaro has been cleared of further injury, but he will be sidelined for two-to-three weeks.
That means Maverick Vinales will be joined by test riders Takuya Tsuda and Nobuatsu Aoki at Sepang on November 23-24. The test will be the first time Vinales uses MotoGP’s new-for-2016 control electronics, with Suzuki’s race riders having focused on the new Michelin tyres during Valencia’s post-season running earlier this month.