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Zarco declared unfit for Friday practice at Red Bull Ring

FILE PHOTO: MotoGP - Czech Republic Grand Prix - Masaryk Circuit, Brno, Czech Republic - August 9, 2020 Esponsorama Racing's Johann Zarco celebrates third place in the MotoGP race REUTERS/David W Cerny/File Photo

(Reuters) - French MotoGP rider Johann Zarco has been declared unfit to take part in Friday practice for the Styrian Grand Prix in Austria after having surgery on a fractured wrist.

The Avintia Ducati rider was injured in a big crash at the Red Bull Ring last weekend and had the operation on his right wrist on Wednesday.

The official motogp.com website said Zarco will have another fitness test on Saturday and could be allowed to ride for the remainder of the weekend if passed.

Zarco and Petronas Yamaha’s Franco Morbidelli were summoned to a meeting at the track on Thursday to discuss Sunday’s accident.

Some rivals have blamed the Frenchman for taking an unusual line while braking into turn three but he has denied making a deliberate move.

Reporting by Alan Baldwin, editing by Ed Osmond

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