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JORGE Lorenzo will not take part in this weekend’s MotoGP Japanese Grand Prix.
The Ducati rider sustained injuries in two heavy crashes at the last two races.
He broke a bone in his foot in a crash at the first corner of the Aragon Grand Prix, while a massive high-side spill during practice in Thailand a fortnight ago left him with a hairline wrist fracture.
“I am very disappointed because I knew the fracture existed after the scan but I thought after 13-14 days the injury would improve and I would feel much better here,” he told Autosport on Thursday at Motegi.
Lorenzo cut only an out-lap and an in-lap during Practice 1, Ducati soon confirming on social media that he will sit out the rest of the weekend.
“Despite making an attempt in Free Practice 1 this morning, unfortunately [Lorenzo] has decided he won’t race this weekend due to his left wrist injury,” it tweeted.
The slow rate of his recovery casts doubts over his likely fitness for next weekend’s Australian Motorcycle Grand Prix at Phillip Island.
Ducati team manager Davide Tardozzi confirmed that Lorenzo will undergo an MRI scan on Friday afternoon before any decisions will be made.
“The problem is that radial left bone is still broken, and he can’t ride because when he’s pushing (the handlebar) on braking the pain is too much,” Tardozzi said.
“For sure it will be difficult (for him) to race in Australia. This afternoon we will get an MRI to see better the situation, then we will take some decision.
“It’s obvious that now the possibility he will not race there is more than that he will race.”
The factory Ducati squad will, however, race two bikes at Phillip Island regardless of Lorenzo’s fitness.
“We must take a substitute,” Tardozzi added.
“We will decide what will be the best decision, if (test rider Michele) Pirro or somebody else.”