Progress update on Dan’s arm injury at Estoril
Dan Jones suffered a fractured arm following a fall in the opening stages of round five of the FIM Moto3 Junior World Championship at a very windy Circuito Estoril in Portugal in late July.
The Racing Steps Foundation-backed rider, who qualified in 20th position the previous day for the weekend’s single race, was looking to make progress and collect points to build confidence and experience in his maiden season at world championship level.
Dan made a solid getaway to the race run in sunny but very windy conditions courtesy of prevailing Atlantic Ocean gusts. With the conditions hindering riders, several fell in the opening three laps due to high sides and collisions, promoting Jones to 13th position.
But on lap four of 17, Jones was the next to succumb. Opting to push harder over the course of the lap, Jones braked harder into one of the circuit’s first gear corners, and subsequently lost grip resulting in his fall.
Dan was immediately taken to the circuit’s medical centre where he was diagnosed with a fractured arm and was later taken to hospital. Further X-Rays completed at the local hospital confirmed an upper arm fracture. He was cleared by medics to return to the UK, where he required surgery to insert a plate to the arm before recovery.
Updating the website on his progress since the fall, Dan says the following:
“I had an operation on the 27th of July. Since then I have been away with the Czech GP and the Austrian GP, I’ve been having magnetic treatment at the Clinica Mobile for 45 minutes everyday, getting up at 6:30 every morning to fit the treatment in. Now I’m back home and we’re doing what we can to get me back as fast as possible, we’re not sure when I’ll be back yet. My arm feels like it’s getting stronger and stronger by the day, I’m keeping positive about it all, making sure I stay focused on what we need to do to get me back as soon as possible.”