Voltcom Crescent Suzuki has confirmed the ankle injury Alex Lowes sustained in an accident during the World Superbike Championship opener at Phillip Island is more serious than originally feared, but suggested surgery is not necessary.

Lowes had been a star performer during the early stages of the race weekend after topping the timesheets, but an accident during FP3 left him nursing what was originally diagnosed as a dislocated ankle.

However, having decided to remain in Australia after the event to visit a specialist in Adelaide, an MRI scan revealed fractures to his tibia, ankle and three bones in his forefoot.

Despite this, doctors suggest surgery isn't necessary whilst the lengthy break between the first and second rounds means Lowes has the chance to rehabilitate before the next event at Aragon on April 11-13.

Lowes, who crashed out in race one and finished 13th in race two after two injury-related off-track excursions, will remain in Australia for another week before returning to the UK next week.

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