Injury sidelines Bradley Smith for two races

Speedcafe.com

Monday 29th August, 2016 - 6:28pm

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Bradley Smith

Bradley Smith

Bradley Smith has been ruled out of the next two MotoGP races including this weekend’s British Grand Prix.

The Tech3 Yamaha rider sustained ligament damage to his right knee in a practice crash ahead of last weekend’s Ochersleben 8 Hours endurance race.

The injury will see the 25-year-old sit out his home round at Silverstone this weekend and the visit to San Marino’s Misano circuit a week later from September 9-11.

Tech3 Yamaha has confirmed that Yamaha World Superbike rider Alex Lowes will deputise for Smith in the two races.

The arrangement comes after the British rider sampled a Tech3 Yamaha during an official MotoGP test at Brno two weeks ago.

“The Tech3 team wants to thank the Yamaha Official World Superbike Team for their co-operation in allowing Lowes to ride and would also like to wish Bradley Smith a quick and full recovery,” read statement from the Tech3 Yamaha squad.

Smith is in his final year at the satellite Yamaha squad having secured a move to the new KTM factory outfit for 2017.