Injured Smith replaced by Lowes at Tech3

British rider Bradley Smith has been ruled out of the next two MotoGP races and has been replaced by World Superbikes rider Alex Lowes.

Smith suffered knee ligament damage during a crash in practice for the Oschersleben 8 Hours event last weekend and will now miss his home GP at Silverstone, as well the San Marino GP at Misano a week later.

Lowes, who currently sits 11th in the World Superbikes standings and was part of Yamaha's victorious factory entry at the Suzuka 8 Hours this year, recently tested for Tech3 at the post-Czech GP test.

A statement from Smith's Tech3 team said: "The Tech3 team wants to thank the Yamaha Official World Superbike Team for their co-operation in allowing Lowes to ride and would also like to wish Bradley Smith a quick and full recovery."

As for Smith, he will be leaving Tech3 at the end of the current season to join KTM's new MotoGP programme.