Bradley Smith has spoken of his dismay at missing his home race at the British round of the MotoGP World Championship this weekend at Silverstone.
Smith has been ruled out of this weekend's 12th round and will miss San Marino as well after suffering ligament damage to his right knee following a crash during practice for the Oschersleben 8 Hours race.
The Monster Tech 3 Yamaha rider has been replaced in the team by fellow Briton Alex Lowes for the next two rounds and Smith wished his compatriot the best of luck for his MotoGP race debut.
“It goes without saying that it's a huge shame to be missing out on my home GP. First and foremost, I have to say a big sorry to the team and to the British fans for not being able to put on a show this weekend,” said Smith.
“At the moment, I am trying to get myself as fit and healthy as possible, and things are moving in the right direction. We'll be working closely with a physiotherapist for the next week in order to try to recover quickly and fully from the injury.
“I've already scheduled a meeting, in a weeks' time, with the surgeon so that we can find out the exact time frame with this injury. The situation has happened and I'm very thankful to everyone who has helped me in the last four or five days, including Monster Energy, the Yamaha Austria Racing Team, everyone at Tech3 and also all of my doctors, physiotherapists, and surgeons,” he added.
“We are doing everything that we can to be back racing as soon as possible. I wish the best of luck to my team this weekend with their new rider Alex Lowes, and I am sure that he'll do a fantastic job.”
Pata Yamaha World Superbike rider Lowes recently rode the Yamaha YZR-M1 for the first time during the post-race test at Brno in the Czech Republic.