Miller: The hand is the main issue

Marc VDS rider Jack Miller, who has been ruled out of the MotoGP race at Aragon due to injuries, has given details on why he is sitting out this weekend’s race, having been temporarily replaced by 2006 world champion Nicky Hayden.

The Australian, who won at Assen earlier in the season, had a heavy crash at the Red Bull Ring in Austria during the Sunday morning warm-up and suffered a broken right wrist and vertebra in August. He has been sidelined recovering from his injuries ever since.

In an interview with the Australian Grand Prix Corporation’s official podcast, 'Keeping Track', the 21-year-old Miller said he was hoping to be fit soon to be in action at his home grand prix at Phillip Island on October 23. 

"The hand is the main issue at the moment, but I've still got three broken vertebrae in my back as well," said Miller. "Not riding 100 per cent fit with all of the injuries I've got at the moment seems like an unnecessary risk.

"We decided to sit out (at Aragon) to try to be as ready as possible by the time I get to Phillip Island for my home race.

"It's one of my favourite tracks and somewhere I believe we can be really good at," he added.

In the MotoGP rider standings after 10 races, Miller sits in 17th position with 42 points.