Isle of Man TT winner Michael Rutter has suffered a broken leg bone during a pre-season shakedown in France.
Rutter was with his new Honda TT Legends team at the Dunlop-owned Mireval circuit when he crashed on Sunday, the second day at the track.
An x-ray revealed he had sustained a fracture at the base of the tibia. Rutter has returned to the UK for further treatment
“It didn’t feel too bad at first and I was walking around after the crash, but we thought it was best to get an x-ray done just to be sure. That revealed a crack at the base of my tibia near the ankle joint.”
“I was given crutches and a temporary cast so I can get back to the UK and get it sorted out.”
“Hopefully it won’t take too long to heal and I’ll be back on the bike as soon as possible.”
Rutter is scheduled to contest all seven solo classes at the 2013 Isle of Man TT fuelled by Monster Energy, in addition to the Endurance World Championship for the Honda TT Legends team.
The shakedown was ahead of the official Dunlop test at Albacete in Spain. The rest of the team continued to that test, with 19-times TT winner John McGuinness, Simon Andrews and Michael Dunlop all taking part in the three-day session.
Three-times TT winner Dunlop will be riding his Honda TT Legends road racing machine for the first time.