Rabat ruled out of Phillip Island test

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 team."

Marc VDS will run just one bike at the Australian test with Jack Miller in action.