Andrea Iannone missed out on the last few MotoGP rounds. Now, Factory Ducati team has confirmed that the Italian rider will miss out on the Australian GP as well. Recovery from Iannone's injury is a major concern and Ducati do not want to take any risks.
Doctors have prompted that Andrea Iannone requires approximately 24 days of complete bed rest. This seems like an intolerable task for Iannone as he is a character that's full of life. Iannone is keen to get back on his Factory Ducati machine and provide the team with results.
There have been rumours that Casey Stoner could be a wild card participant for Ducati at the Australian GP. Now, Ducati has put all rumours to rest for the Australian GP, by announcing Hector Barbera as Iannone's replacement.
Hector Barbera will be getting a second chance on the Ducati Desmosedici GP16. At the Japanese GP, Barbera was fighting for the seventh place, unfortunately, he crashed and had to settle for 18th place. He will now have an opportunity to better his experience with the GP16.
At this moment, it is unclear when Iannone would make a return to MotoGP paddock. It seems most likely that he could return for Malaysian or Valencia GP. Andrea Iannone would surely like to be seen riding the Ducati Factory machine one more time before he leaves for Suzuki.