Red Bull KTM Ajo’s Raul Fernandez heads into the Aragón GP fresh from surgery after injuring his right hand during training last week.
The Moto2 rookie sits second in the championship, behind teammate Remy Gardner, as round 13 approaches after a win apiece in recent races. His returning prospects look just as promising after claiming two poles in Alcañiz during last year’s double visit alongside his first podium in the World Championship - albeit in Moto3 - at the Spanish track.
Last week, however, Fernandez suffered a small fracture to his fifth right metacarpal whilst cycling, with the injury operated on by Dr. Xavier Mir and his team at the Unidad de la Extremidad Superior Hospital Universitari Dexeus in Barcelona on Sunday. The Spaniard has been doing recovery work in recent days in preparation for the Aragon Grand Prix.
“I feel pretty good after the operation,” Fernandez said. “We have already started our rehabilitation work and my hand is doing better than we expected. I am positive, although we have to improve little by little.
“I want to thank Dr. Xavier Mir's team from the Unidad de la Extremidad Superior Hospital Universitari Dexeus, since they treated me quickly, speeding up the process, and they were very professional.
“After what happened, I won't set any goals for this Grand Prix. I want to take things day by day, seeing how we feel, because my right hand is used for the gas and the brake. Aragon is a track that I really like, since I got my first World Championship podium there last year. We will do our best to be able to race on Sunday, if my hand allows it.”