Rabat ruled out of Phillip Island test
MotoGP | February
14, 2017 5:12 PM HKT
Tito Rabat has been ruled out of this week’s three-day
Phillip Island test due to injuries.
The Marc VDS rider had a massive high-side at Turn 11 during
the recent Sepang test.
He suffered a ‘distal fracture of the radius and a fracture of
the fifth metacarpal’ in the right hand, as well as a fracture
to the ‘distal phalanx in the right foot’.
It is, however, a severe laceration to Rabat’s left knee that
is keeping him off the bike at present.
“Tito has worked hard to be fit for the Phillip Island test,
after sustaining quite debilitating injuries in Malaysia,” said
team manager Michael Bartholemy.
“While the fractures have healed nicely and wouldn’t have
stopped him from riding in Australia, the knee injury is a
different story altogether.
“Despite intensive physiotherapy he still doesn’t have the
necessary extension in the joint and he risks popping the
stitches – with the associated danger of infection – if he
participates in the Phillip Island test.
“This is why we made the decision together with Tito to give
him more time to recover ahead of the Qatar test, rather than
risking everything for little gain by having him ride injured
in Australia. This is the right decision for him and for the
Marc VDS will run just one bike at the Australian test with
Jack Miller in action.