Tom Sykes has been ruled out from competing in this weekend's Portimao World Superbike round after he dislocated his finger in a big highside crash.
During Saturday morning's third practice session, Sykes flew off his Kawasaki before the Turn 9 right-hander and slid several metres alongside his bike, which caught on fire and burned the Briton's left arm.
The 2013 champion was diagnosed with a dislocated fifth finger on his left hand and is set to travel to Barcelona for surgery.
"Unfortunately with Sykes, they reported of the dislocation of the fifth finger of the left hand," said WSBK medical director Monica Lazzarotti. "He will do surgery, I think in Barcelona.
"The team is now managing for this next step, in order to stabilise the fracture. I hope he will recover soon."
Portimao will be the first WSBK round Sykes has to miss since he withdrew from his home round at Donington Park in 2011.
Sykes is currently second in the 2017 standings, 70 points behind his teammate Jonathan Rea, who is now another step closer to his third consecutive title.
Rea's other main rival Chaz Davies also skipped a race recently after sustaining a fractured vertebrae at Misano, but was fit in time for the subsequent Laguna Seca round.