The MX2 world champion, who is now promoted to the premier class of the FIM Motocross World Championship, was seriously injured in a fall during training.
He drove his usual training course on the Circuit Malagrotta near Rome, together with teammate Tony Cairoli. At a jump he lost control, crashed and broke his left thigh.
He was taken to the hospital and operated on there straight away. A metal pin was placed to stabilize the bone. He should be allowed to leave the hospital in two days and begin rehabilitation.
Claudio De Carli, Red Bull KTM Factory Racing Team Manager: “This is bad news and we feel so sorry for Jorge. Things had been going well and he was just two laps away from the end of the training session. It was raining at Malagrotta and you need to have a good control of the bike to make one of the biggest jumps on the track. Jorge could not grip the plastic well, his foot slipped off the footpeg on the ramp and he crashed over the jump. He had surgery yesterday evening by a fantastic doctor that we know and trust and now we have to wait a few days to see if everything is correct before he can leave the hospital. It is a setback to our preparation but the important thing is that Jorge heals well and then can think again about his first season in the MXGP class.”
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