Jorge Lorenzo will miss the first full MotoGP test of 2019 at Sepang after surgery on his fractured left wrist.
The Repsol Honda rider has now undergone surgery and will sit out the official test scheduled for February 6-8.
The following test in Qatar has been targeted for his return.
“Lorenzo elected to have surgery on the injury, a titanium screw inserted via a minimally invasive technique,” read a statement from the team, in part.
“He will remain in hospital for 24 hours for further observation. Four days rest will give the injury sufficient time to heal from the operation and physiotherapy can then begin.
“Due to the nature of the injury, Jorge Lorenzo and the Repsol Honda Team have elected for Lorenzo to miss the Sepang Test to focus fully on his recovery.
“His aim is to return fully fit for the Qatar Test, February 23 to 25.”
Honda Racing Corporation has confirmed that Lorenzo will nevertheless be present in Madrid on Wednesday.
Track activity resumes with a shakedown test at Sepang on February 1-3.
Surgery done ✔️👍🏻 Time to recover and come back stronger. pic.twitter.com/qOoPQLnqWm
— Jorge Lorenzo (@lorenzo99) January 21, 2019