For the returning Matiss Karro the Spanish GP came too soon as the luckless 24MX Lucas Oil Honda rider struggled through practice with an elbow injury.
Speaking at the at the Talavera de la Reina circuit, Karro said: “Training at home I injured my elbow and we presumed I was healed enough here to race. Unfortunately it became clear that the downhills in Talavera place a lot more pressure on my arm than what I had anticipated. Riding in these conditions it was really difficult to string any decent laps together.
“Together with the team and after consulting with the Donjoy physio centre we decided not to take any risks of further damage to my elbow. So after free practice and time practice my weekend was over. I will need some more time get back to 100% fitness. It’s very frustrating but that’s how it is.”
Karro tore his left ACL and sustained some damage to the meniscus at the Lacapelle-Marival international in France back in February and has been fighting to get fit ever since. This latest injury setback is a blow for the former junior world champion and the team who are also without their other GP pilot, Ken de Dycker, who is on the road to recovery from a fracture to his right upper leg that he sustained during a practice crash at Royal Hills, France in February.