Surgery for Gardner after motocross accident

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Off-road injuries strike again as Remy Gardner becomes the next MotoGP rider to face surgery amidst preparations for his maiden season with Tech3 KTM.

Gardner sustained an injury to his right wrist during a motocross session on Saturday, just over two weeks before he is due to begin official preseason testing in Malaysia and seven weeks out from 2022’s inaugural race in Qatar on March 6th.

His Tech3 team broke the news on social media explaining the 23-year-old had been under the knife on Tuesday to secure a ‘small crack’ in his wrist. Doctor Xavier Mir, the favoured surgeon of the world championship paddock, fitted two screws to repair the break, with the successful operation leaving the Australian green-lit to start rehab from Friday.

As one of MotoGP’s newest recruits, the Moto2 World Champion is scheduled to ride at Sepang earlier than most as a three day shakedown test for factory test riders and rookies, on January 31st, precedes the official full-grid action on February 5th.

“Small wrist fracture, operation went well,” Gardner posted on Instagram stories alongside a smiling thumbs up from the Barcelona Hospital. “Let’s see how we go in the next few days.”