Jeremy McWilliams will use a special fingerless glove in MotoGP this season, autosport.com can reveal, following the accident that cost him part of a finger last year.
The Ilmor rider lost the top half of the ring finger on his left hand in his massive crash during testing at Jerez in Spain last November. The bike's handlebar crashed to the ground and crushed his finger against the tarmac - shattering it in the process.
McWilliams' clothing supplier Alpinestars were keen to do something to help the Ulsterman's situation after his recovery, and so helped create the fingerless glove.
The glove is identical to the normal Alpinestars glove that their MotoGP riders use, but the end of the left ring finger has been taken away and the stump sewn up.
McWilliams returned to testing last month and although the broken femur he suffered in the crash is still causing minor troubles, he admits his upper body and hands are back to full fitness.
"Physically I feel good, my leg is still a little weak but my upper body is really strong and once I'm on the bike I forget about my leg," he said.