MotoGP

Sam Lowes in fight to be fit for Moto2 season start

The Marc VDS rider injured his shoulder in a private test at Jerez which sees him racing against time to be fit for the season opener

BRITISH Moto2 hopeful, Sam Lowes, is out of action for the remainder of the Jerez Moto2 test after dislocating and fracturing his right shoulder at Jerez.

The Lincolnshire rider was taken directly from the test to the Hospital Universitari Dexeus in Barcelona by MotoGP doctor Xavier Mir who carried out tests to ascertain the extent of the damage. Before beginning any physio to try and heal the damage, Lowes is set to undergo radiological and ultrasound treatment, which should help to quell some of the swelling.

Lowes’ Marc VDS squad confirmed that he was in good spirits despite the injury, they said: “Considering the unfortunate circumstances, [he] remains positive”.

The injury and suspected tight time frame for recovery is bad news for Marc VDS who, as reigning Moto2 world champions through Alex Marquez, will want to try and build on the momentum of their 2019 season.

The injury has ruled Lowes out of the pre-season Jerez test, 19-21st February and could still miss the Qatar test, 28th February to 1st March. Lowes now faces a race to get fit, as the opening round of the 2020 Moto2 season taking place at Qatar on 6-8th March.

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