Hector Barbera will get a second chance to ride the factory Ducati after Andrea Iannone was confirmed as missing next weekend's Australian MotoGP.

The Italian has been sidelined since suffering a fracture to his T3 vertebra at Misano, with Barbera gaining a last minute promotion from Avintia to replace the #29 in Japan.

The Spaniard qualified eighth and was battling for seventh when he fell on lap 9 of Sunday's grand prix.

"For me it was a fantastic opportunity to ride the 2016 Desmosedici GP and race for a factory squad like the Ducati Team and so I want to thank both Ducati and Avintia Racing for giving me this opportunity," Barbera said.

"Unfortunately in the race I was not able to get a good start, especially because the clutch is very different to the one I normally use, and I immediately lost two positions. I took a bit of time to pass Petrucci and then I caught Pol Espargar?, who I tried to overtake several times, until I tried with even more decision and unfortunately I crashed.

"I feel bad about it because I think that today I could have finished in fifth or sixth place. In any case I picked the bike up to finish the race, but in the crash the two wings had broken off and I was no longer able to ride it well.

"However it was a great experience and I am very happy that I have been given another chance next week at Phillip Island."

The news - which officially ends any speculation that Casey Stoner might come out of retirement - in turn means that Australian Superbike champion Mike Jones should get a second MotoGP ride, in place of Barbera, at Avintia.

UPDATE: Jones confirmed at Avintia for Phillip Island.

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Garcia: There are some strange rumours that Ducati are not happy with lannone because they don't think he's doing enough to recover. l.don't know if true, but maybe Barbera getting the seat has something to do with it. The injury sure is taking really long to fix.[\blockquote]

It's the whole situation of Iannone taking out Dovi and Lorenzo this season. The recovery story is to cover up that Ducati is side lining Iannone, instead of the injury of Iannone is the reason he can't race.