Suzuki rider Aleix Espargaro will undergo surgery on Tuesday morning following his crash during practice for last weekend’s Moto GP race at Le Mans.
The Spaniard damaged his right hand in a huge high-side during FP3 on Saturday morning, but was nonetheless able to qualify 10th later in the day and start Sunday’s race, from which he retired in the opening laps with a clutch problem.
But further examination on Monday revealed that Espargaro had in fact suffered a rupture of the collateral ligament of his right thumb, necessitating surgery that will take place on Tuesday morning in Barcelona's Clinica Dexeus.
Suzuki has said it is impossible to know exactly how the recovery period will be, but it is hoped that the 25-year-old will be fit to compete in the next round of the championship at Mugello at the end of the month.
Espargaro currently sits in ninth place in the MotoGP standings after five rounds, his best results of the campaign so far a pair of seventh places in Argentina and Spain.