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Iannone set to miss Motegi MotoGP race.

Ducati’s Andrea Iannone is set to miss the Japanese GP this weekend in Motegi after it was announced that the back injury the Italian picked up due to a crash in Misano had not healed to the liking of his team, giving the “Maniac Joe” time to recover for Phillip Island in a weeks time.

Iannone fractured his T3 vertebra during free practice one for the San Marino Grand Prix with the Italian subsequently sitting out the rest of the race weekend, allowing Ducati test rider Michele Pirro to take his place.

Iannone attempted a comeback the following round at Aragon two weeks later, but despite setting relatively competitive times in the opening free practice, he withdrew due to the agonizing pain in his neck and was once again replaced by Pirro.

As there was a three week gap between the previous round and Motegi, he had hoped to be back on his Desmosedici GP16 this weekend but doctors have advised him to give his injury more recovery time so he will be ready for next weekends race at Phillip Island.

Ducati made a announcement this weekend, stating: “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 vertebra, which he fractured at Misano after crashing during the first free practice session for the San Marino GP, was now well underway.

“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.”


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