Miguel Oliveira is unsure if he will be able to compete in this weekend's Malaysian MotoGP after an MRI scan revealed some tendon damage to both wrists.

The rookie sustained the injuries when he was blown off track and out of the Phillip Island weekend during Saturday practice in Australia.

Declared unfit to race by the circuit doctors, Oliveira instead headed for Melbourne and further scans on his hands.

“After the MRI scans I did on Sunday in Australia, we discovered a few things on both wrists’ tendons, but nothing major," Oliveira said. "We saw that my shoulder injury [also] got a bit worse. Right now, together with KTM we are trying to decide what to do with this, also for the future.”

Tech3 KTM team boss Herve Poncharal is 'quite optimistic' Oliveira will be able to ride in the penultimate round.

"The sad and tough news is that Miguel is still nursing his injuries, sustained during his super-fast crash at Phillip Island," Poncharal said.

"The good news is, that there is no bone fracture, it is healing faster every day, but we still wait for the final confirmation that Miguel can start the race, although we are quite optimistic."

Team-mate Hafizh Syahrin will be competing in front of his home fans for the final time before switching back to Moto2 in 2020.

“I’m very happy to arrive at my home GP. It’s a special weekend for me and I will do my best," said Syahrin. "We know, we are struggling this year and Sepang is the second last Grand Prix race before I go back to Moto2.

"It won’t be easy, but I will give everything I have, similar to last year," added the Malaysian, who charged from 23rd to 10th in front of his home fans last season. "I want to do this for my fans, my family and for my team, that always supports me and believes in me.

"We will see what we can do, I just want to enjoy to ride there. Australia was good, but we learned that we need to improve in the beginning of the race. I will keep my motivation high and I can’t wait to enjoy this weekend with everybody.”

Poncharal, who signed Syahrin for his Yamaha team in 2018 after Jonas Folger's withdraw, then kept the Malaysian for the switch to KTM this year, added:

“For our team this is a significant and important race with Hafizh doing his home GP. Apparently, the circuit is sold out and there will be many, many spectators in the audience cheering for him.

"So clearly, after the good performance he showed in Australia, it will be interesting to see how he starts the Malaysian round. We have had quite a lot of intensive testing here in the winter, so for sure we have data, which was not the case on most of the circuits we were visiting this year."

After a peak finish of ninth on a Yamaha, Syahrin has a best race result of 13th so far this season. He will join the Angel Nieto squad in Moto2 next year, when rookie Iker Lecuona will take Syahrin's place at Tech3.

 

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