Iannone to miss Japanese Grand Prix

Andrea Iannone has been ruled out of the Japanese Grand Prix this weekend as he has not sufficiently recovered from a fractured T3 vertebrae. 

Iannone suffered the injury after crashing during free practice at Misano and has missed two races since. 

Despite being well on the road to recovery, the Ducati rider was advised to continue his rehabilitation and rest for a few more days before getting back on his bike. 

“Last week the Ducati Team’s Italian rider underwent a series of checks, which showed that the excess fluid in his back injury had been almost totally absorbed and that the calcification process of the T3 vertebrae … was now well underway,” a Ducati statement said. 

“However Iannone’s doctor has advised him to continue with his rehabilitation and to wait a few more days until the fracture has completely healed, before going out onto the track once again.

“The rider from Vasto, in agreement with his team, has therefore decided not to take part in the GP of Japan.”

Ducati have opted not to replace Iannone for the Japanese Grand Prix, meaning that Andrea Dovizioso will be the lone Ducati rider competing in the race on Sunday. 

Iannone is expected to make his return at the MotoGP event at Phillip Island next week.