Stuart Easton could be called upon again to race for Kawasaki in the World Superbike Championship after Makoto Tamada was confirmed as having suffered a broken wrist in the turn one smash at Monza.
The Japanese rider was one of five riders to come to grief at the start of the opening race as the field funnelled into the tight turn one chicane.
Although Tamada picked himself up, a trip to the hospital revealed he has broken his wrist, an injury that will see him out of action for next weekend's event in South Africa.
“In the first corner I was pushed on to the gravel by another rider and had a big crash. I knew that I hurt my wrist pretty bad so I wasn't that surprised when they told me after an X-ray that it was broken.
“I was therefore out of race two and will also miss Kyalami next weekend which is a real shame for me and the team. I hope to be back in Miller as the break isn't so bad."
It means BSB front runner and Kawasaki test rider Easton could get a second shot at riding the Kawasaki having deputised for Broc Parkes at Assen last month. The British rider qualified 23rd and finished with a best of 18th on his debut.