Marc Marquez's participation in the next MotoGP race at Jerez is in doubt after the Repsol Honda rider broke his little finger in a dirt bike accident.
It is the second such injury that Marquez has sustained in just over a year, as the Spaniard broke his leg in a dirt bike accident on the eve of the 2014 season.
A titanium plate has been fixed to the broken finger, and the reigning MotoGP champion has since undergone successful surgery in Barcelona. It is unknown whether he will be able to contest his home race at Jerez next weekend, the fourth round of the season.
Marquez is currently fifth in the championship standings after crashing out of the last race in Argentina, but is still considered the title favourite next to Yamaha's Valentino Rossi, who currently leads the title race with two wins from the first three races.
Repsol Honda's other rider, Dani Pedrosa, was sidelined earlier in the year due to undergoing surgery on his forearm, HRC test rider Hiroshi Aoyama having substituted for the last two races at Austin and Termas de Rio Hondo.