Dixon breaks finger in Jerez test, but cleared to compete in Qatar

Jake Dixon sustained a broken finger on the second day of Moto2’s Jerez test, but has been cleared to ride in Qatar.

Dixon was riding in the second session of the day when he crashed. Following the accident Dixon returned home to the UK and was diagnosed with a broken ring finger on his right hand.

The 2018 BSB runner-up did not return for the final day of testing, but was given the all clear to participate in the Qatar test and ride in the first race of the season on 8 March.

“It was a good start to the test and we got through some things, but the session before I had the crash we struggled a bit,” said Dixon.

“We found some positives with edge grip but then we tried something with the front fork and it wasn’t as good.

“For the second session we made a modification to the fork to see if we could make it better, and it generally felt like the bike was performing better but with the crash it’s difficult to know and understand fully.

“We’ve improved the rear grip but we still need to improve the front and the natural turn-in, so that’s what we keep working on into the test in Qatar.

“With the finger, the doctor said I’ve broken the top of my finger on the tip, and also I’ve taken a piece out of the side of it. He said it won’t be a problem for the Qatar test and race though, which is good news.

“I have another check-up on Monday to re-dress it and he’s going to make a cap for it to fit over the top inside the glove so it protects it when I ride, but overall he said that it’ll be fine so I look forward to continuing our work in Qatar.”

Team Director Johan Stigefelt added: “For Jake, it’s a real pity he crashed on the second day because the result of that was that he lost one and a half days of testing – half the test.

“He was building the confidence to start really pushing and improving his lap times, so of course there is much more to come there.

“Fortunately, it seems that the injury in his finger won’t prevent him from participating in the following test in Qatar and in the opening Grand Prix of the season, so we look forward to picking up where this test was left off next week. In the meantime, we wish him a speedy recovery.”

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