CIA Landlord Insurance Honda’s Andrew Irwin has been declared unfit for further participation at Philip Island due to a fracture of the 3rd metacarpal bone in his left hand sustained in a fall during testing today (Monday).
The young Ulsterman is awaiting surgery for the injury at St. Vincent’s hospital in Melbourne and, with a full month to go before the next round at Chang in Thailand he is certain to be fully recovered and back in the saddle.
Irwin said: “I am sorry to the whole team and all my sponsors. I will be back 100 percent for Thailand.”
Drafted in to replace the injured Irwin for the opening race at Philip Island will be Queenslander Aiden Wagner who last appeared in CIA Landlord Insurance Honda colours for four races in 2015.