Jorge Lorenzo has suffered a fresh fitness blow after a scan on the eve of this weekend's Japanese MotoGP revealed what looks like a 'complete' fracture to his left wrist.

The Ducati rider suffered the damage when he was launched into a huge highside by a technical problem during FP2 in Thailand, which followed foot injuries at the previous Aragon race.

The radius bone was previously only thought to have been cracked in the Buriram accident and, by sitting out the remainder of the Thai round, Lorenzo hoped to be fit for Motegi.

However, due to the continuing pain, new scans were made upon arrival at the Japanese circuit, which appeared to show a complete break and associated risk of the bone separating under the stress of riding.

"Some moments ago I had a new scan, that I wanted to do… and actually now, with a different view [of the injury], it looks like a complete fracture," Lorenzo said.

The #99 will still take to the track in Friday's opening practice, but is openly doubtful over whether he can participate in the whole weekend.

"Tomorrow I will try to ride and to see how I feel. My feeling now, off the bike, is not very good. But we'll see what happens on the bike."

The Australian and Malaysian MotoGPs are on consecutive weekends, after Motegi.

The only good news for Lorenzo is that: "The foot fracture from Aragon is healing well and much better than two weeks ago."

Lorenzo has won three races for Ducati this season, but slipped to fifth in the world championship after non-scores at the last three events.

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