Moto2 title leader Scott Redding has been forced to withdraw from Sunday's Australian Grand Prix, after fracturing his left radius bone, near where the arm joins the wrist, in a qualifying fall at Phillip Island.

Redding, who leads the world championship by nine points from Pol Espargaro, crashed heavily at the high speed turn 12 in the final few minutes of qualifying. After an initial assessment in the circuit medical centre, the 20-year-old Briton was diagnosed with a fractured.

Redding will be transported to Epworth Hospital in Richmond where he'll undergo surgery later this evening. The severity of the injury means Redding will not attempt to race, despite the reduced 13-lap distance.

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A decision on the likely date of Redding's return to racing will be made together with the medical staff at Epworth Hospital after the operation.

Team principal Michael Bartholemy said: "Obviously I am absolutely gutted for Scott. He was pushing hard and the rear just got away from him. Normally he'd have dusted himself off and put it down to experience, even at the ultra-fast turn 12, but he was unfortunate in that he got caught up with the bike and ended up with a fractured wrist.

"The most important thing now is that he recovers properly before making his return to racing. Yes, there's a championship to be fought over, but our priority now is Scott's health. If that means we have to forfeit the championship then so be it."

The penultimate round in Japan takes place next weekend. Redding will move to MotoGP with Gresini next season.