Bastianini to miss Sepang Moto3 race

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Bastianini to miss Sepang Moto3 race
Jamie Klein
By: Jamie Klein
Oct 27, 2016, 8:33 AM

Moto3 rider Enea Bastianini has been forced to sit out this weekend's race at Sepang following injuries sustained in a crash at Phillip Island.

Enea Bastianini, Gresini Racing Team Moto3
Second place Enea Bastianini, Gresini Racing Team Moto3
Enea Bastianini, Gresini Racing Team Moto3
Enea Bastianini, Gresini Racing Team Moto3

The Gresini rider, who lies second in the Moto3 points behind already-crowned champion Brad Binder, was involved in a major four-way incident along with John McPhee, Andrea Migno and Jorge Navarro that brought the Australian race to a halt.

Having been hit by Navarro's bike in the incident, Bastianini sustained a fractured T9 vertebra and rib.

He will be replaced this weekend by Ayumu Sasaki, the 2016 Red Bull Rookies Cup champion. The 16-year-old Japanese rider will be making his Moto3 debut at Sepang, and will race full time in the category next year after signing a deal to join Adam Norrodin at the SIC Racing team in 2017.

“Unfortunately I won’t race here at Sepang: my physical condition is improving, but it’s better not to take too much risks," said Bastianini.

"Immediately after the accident I felt a lot of pain and I struggled to walk, so I was a bit demoralised, but now the situation is improving day by day, so I’m sure that doing a good rehabilitation program we can get prepared to race in Valencia."

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About this article

Series Moto3
Event Sepang
Location Sepang International Circuit
Drivers Enea Bastianini , Ayumu Sasaki
Teams Gresini Racing
Author Jamie Klein
Article type Breaking news