After missing Ottobiano, Hunter Lawrence hoped he would be making a return to action in Portugal. However, after he got checked out at the doctors (today, Thursday), his scan results have shown that along with two compressed vertebrae, he has a small fracture on the side.

It’s disappointing news for the Australian rider who has shown real speed this year, but he will now focus fully on his recovery and come back when he is fully fit and healthy.

“It’s a massive shame, but with this type of injury, I’m just glad that I can ride in the future. I will attend Portugal and cheer on the rest of my Suzuki World team-mates and hope to be back out on the track as soon as I can.”