MotoGP: Bautista to replace Lorenzo at Phillip Island

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After pulling out of the Japanese Grand Prix weekend on Friday, Jorge Lorenzo has elected to also miss this weekend’s race at Phillip Island due to his ongoing wrist injury.

The 31 year old Spaniard broke his wrist in Free Practice for the Thailand race and the injury is now known to be more serious than first predicted. 

Lorenzo is back in Europe for treatment and it remains to be seen whether he can return for the Malaysian race in just 12 days time.

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Following his withdrawal from the weekend, Lorenzo said: "The risk to displace the broken bone is part of the problem. It feels very bad on braking because my body and my brain doesn’t allow me to push my wrist in corner entry and it even makes me feel unsafe on the bike. It’s a shame because I felt like I had a good chance to win here."

Fellow Spaniard Alvaro Bautista has been given the call up to replace Lorenzo in the factory team.

The current Angel Nieto Ducati rider will make the jump up to the 2018 Ducati and will be keen to impress in what will be one of his last rides in MotoGP after signing to ride the new V4 Panigale in WSB in 2019.

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Michael Guy

By Michael Guy

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