Jeffrey Herlings crashed during the sighting lap at the MXGP of Latvia in Kegums.
Arminas Jasikonis reacted quickly to try and avoid the downed Herlings but he caught The Bullet’s still fragile right foot.
His team hurriedly worked on Herlings’ Red Bull KTM ahead of the opening moto and he was able to take to line.
Related: MXGP Latvia results 2019
Although Herlings would go on to win the moto – after battling with team-mate Tony Cairoli and Monster Energy Yamaha’s Arnaud Tonus – the reigning world champion said in his post-race interview that was experiencing unbelievable pain and he didn’t know if he would be on the gate for moto two.
Update, June 16, 2019 – 14:39: Jeffrey Herlings has confirmed he is out for the remainder of the MXGP of Latvia with a broken ankle. Here’s what Herlings had to say in a statement: “Very sorry to say I have broken my ankle, had a small crash in sighting lap and another rider rode over my bad foot and broke my ankle.
“I decided after sighting lap to still line up for the moto and even won the moto with a broken ankle.
“I just can not believe it anymore…….. Of course I will be out for second moto. Feeling so sorry for my team and sponsors.”