The defending Moto3 champion had a bad accident on the first day of the private Moto2 test at Jerez last week, when his motorbike failed on the brakes when entering the track. As a result, he could not go down to the track most of the day.
After completing the second day of testing, the GasGas Aspar racer continued to take part in the official test at Portimao, where he was quite far behind his rivals.
This lack of competitiveness fueled speculation about the promising young Aspar racer, but no physical problems have been reported.
On Monday, Guevara underwent a medical examination because he was experiencing discomfort in his right hand. Doctors detected an injury and required him to rest for recovery.
In a statement, GasGas Aspar explained that “The rider underwent medical tests at the end of the Portimao test, which revealed findings consistent with chronic compartment syndrome and injury to the triangular ligament of the right wrist.”
Guevara will undergo surgery this weekend with a view to making his return to Moto2 in the United States, which takes place on April 16 in Austin.
Team Gas Gas Aspar has called up veteran MotoE team rider Jordi Torres to replace the Mallorcan rider. He will partner Jake Dixon for the first two races of the year.
Torres had competed at middleweight between 2011 and 2014 and competed in 54 races.
“I hope Izan recovers quickly. It’s a shame that after an excellent season last year, he started the year in this condition, but the most important thing is that he comes back stronger than ever,” Torres explained in a team statement.
“I’m excited about the opportunity given to me by the GasGas Aspar Team, to return to the category that I just left in 2014 with this team. Everything is different to what I left ten years ago. I take it as a learning experience and as training for the MotoE World Championship.
“I want to continue to learn from competitors, who will be at different levels, because a rider never stops learning. This is a big challenge for me, it will be strange to go back to the intermediate category, but it will help me to keep working towards my goal of MotoE. I won’t have an adaptation period, because my competitors have been testing at Portimao for three days, but I will give my best.”
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