Karel Abraham will miss not only this weekend's Japanese MotoGP, but also the following Australian and Malaysian races.
The Czech rider is still struggling with the foot injury from Catalunya in June and, according to specialists, 'another race right now could lead to permanent consequences'.
Kousuke Akiyoshi is confirmed as riding Abraham's open class Honda at Motegi, with Abraham hoping to be fit for the final round in Valencia. There is no word yet on a replacement for Phillip Island and Sepang.
“It's not much of a surprise, it's been pretty obvious the past few races that it wasn't getting better, but worse,” Abraham said of his withdraw from the flyaways. “he final decision came after Aragon, which was harder on my foot and which I wasn't able to finish.
“We've consulted several specialists, who have warned us that continued stress on the foot could have permanent consequences. Unfortunately, in this situation the only thing you can do is to get some rest and patiently start rehab. Even though it's been almost four months since the injury, because of the constant stress to the foot it's practically like starting from scratch.
“For the time being, we've decided to skip three races overseas, and then we'll consult the doctors and see if it's possible to start the final race in Valencia.”
Abraham's AB Motoracing team is yet to confirm its 2016 plans amid rumours of a switch to WSBK or KTM test role.