No Dutch GP action for Morbidelli after mishap at training

Petronas Yamaha SRT's Italian rider Franco Morbidelli

PETALING JAYA: Petronas Yamaha Sepang Racing Team (SRT) rider Franco Morbidelli will miss this weekend’s Dutch Grand Prix due to a left knee injury sustained in training.The Italian rider is now undergoing medical assessment to determine the best course of action for recovery.

Cal Crutchlow is the official Yamaha test and replacement rider but it is not yet known if the Englishman will be called up for a MotoGP return.

Morbidelli’s injury could be a worsening of the ligament damage first highlighted when he fell to the ground in pain during a bike swap practice at Le Mans, France, in May.

“I had a moment training at the ranch, I didn’t crash, but I needed to put my leg on the ground and as you saw this morning my knee is weak. It started to give me pain from last week, ” Morbidelli explained at the time.

“So my knee is not really stable at the moment and when I went to swap bikes and I stomped on my left leg, the knee felt like it wanted to pop out. So I just let go.”

Morbidelli, the title runner-up last season, has finished on the podium once so far this year with his 2019-A-Spec bike and sits 11th in the world championship.

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