Iannone to miss Japanese GP through injury

Andrea Iannone

Andrea Iannone

Andrea Iannone has been ruled out of this weekend’s Japanese Grand Prix.

The factory Ducati rider fractured his T3 vertebra in a practice crash at Misano last month which ruled him out of the San Marino Grand Prix.

Iannone attempted to make a comeback at the Aragon Grand Prix two weeks later only to withdraw after suffering pain from the injury in practice.

The Italian had hoped to make a return at Motegi this weekend but doctors have since advised Ducati to allow more time for the rider’s injury to heal.

As a result, Ducati has elected against fielding a replacement leaving Andrea Dovizioso as the sole factory rider in Japan.

It is hoped Iannone will return at Phillip Island for the Australian Grand Prix from October 21-23.

Meanwhile, Australia’s Jack Miller is expected to return to competitive action having been sidelined from races at San Marino and Aragon with a hand injury.

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