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Smith almost certainly sidelined for Sepang

Smith almost certainly sidelined for Sepang

Smith almost certainly sidelined for Sepang

After fracturing his wrist during practice for the Brno race, 125cc rider Bradley Smith will almost certainly be sidelined for the Motorcycle Grand Prix of Malaysia next Sunday at Sepang.

Smith caught his hand underneath his Repsol Honda bike, and was immediately taken to the Clinica Mobile to be checked out. A light cast was put on the injury, although the knuckle of his fifth finger, which took some of the impact, was not covered. Initial plans were for the young rookie to attend the Malaysian race and have the cast removed then and there, but his team decided to pursue other options to keep the talented rookie in the best of shape for a possible return for the Australian and Japanese dates.

Speaking at the Red Bull Rookies Cup selection phase this week in Valencia, the Oxfordshire rider's team boss Raul Jara told motogp.com that Repsol Honda would likely bring in one of the talented riders from the Red Bull MotoGP Academy, where 15 year old rookie Smith himself received an opportunity to show his skills.

"It will be a bit tight for a return at Malaysia," commented Jara, "so we will try and get Bradley back in time for Australia. Our main goal isn't a rushed return, but keeping him in the kind of condition that allowed him to achieve the results he has been earning recently."

"We don't know who will step in for Bradley, but we are looking at one of the young Academy riders as the logical choice, to give them a big opportunity after all their great work."

Tags:
125cc, 2006, Bradley Smith

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