Monster Energy Yamaha’s Jeremy Van Horebeek was unable to push for a second podium result of the 2016 MXGP campaign after discovering a small crack in his left wrist on Saturday at Talavera de la Reina.

The injury is a consequence of his heavy second moto crash three weeks previously at the Grand Prix of Germany.

“Yesterday [Saturday] we found out that I have a little crack in my wrist from Teutschenthal I had so much pain yesterday and could not hold the bar,” the Belgian said on Sunday in Spain and after two motos around the hilly hard-pack to go 8-7. “On this track with those downhills it was really tough. I had to take a lot of painkillers because I did not want an injection and my stomach was not okay because of that…you can go on and on!”


The 2014 championship runner-up also admitted that he has struggled with his race starts and is now going to evaluate his physical condition this weekend at St Jean D’Angely in France – another track with some steep descents and step-downs.

“I’ll need to have an MRI but everything was okay before the weekend and now I’ll have to go to the doctor because it doesn’t feel too good,” he added. “I will try again in France and see how it feels. It is a pity because I feel really fit and strong this year and way more comfortable than other years but it is not enough it seems.”

Van Horebeek has only posted two top three moto finishes this season and conceded that the premier class is tough work in 2016: “The level this year…if you are not 100 per cent or you miss the start then you pay it in cash!”