Red Bull KTM Tech3’s Miguel Oliveira is still on the road to recovery after being nerfed off by factory stablemate Johann Zarco at Silverstone and won’t know if he is fit to ride until free practice one Friday.
The young Portugese star damaged tendons in his shoulder and had to call a halt to last week’s test in Italy after only a brace of laps.
“We arrive Misano with a bit of worry in our heads, because as we must all remember Miguel was hit by another rider in Silverstone,” said team boss Herve Poncharal.
“Although we thought he was physically OK after that unnecessary accident, back in Portugal he found out that there was a tendon damage on his right shoulder, still thinking it was not that bad.
“He had a two days treatment and flew to Misano for the test, but after just two laps it was game over for the test and some heavy concern regarding his participation in Misano and the following one in Aragon.
“I have been talking to Miguel almost on a daily basis. He seems to recover, but we will only know if he can ride on the Friday morning in FP1. For us this is a big setback, because Miguel since he’s back from the summer break, was riding better and better.
Thanks to KTM the new improved parts gave him a lot of confidence and it was a very exciting moment for us, that unfortunately has been stopped for a while. So, we really have our fingers crossed hoping he’s going to be all fine for Misano.”