Andrea Dovizioso has been taken to hospital with a suspected broken left collarbone after crashing during a regional motocross race in Faenza, Italy.
The Italian had been given permission to take part by Ducati. The race, at the MX track in Faenza, was part of the regional MX championship of the Emilia-Romagna region in Italy. He had crashed on a landing after a jump, injuring his left shoulder. Dovizioso was taken to hospital in Forli, his home town, for further examination, and to confirm whether the collarbone is broken or not.
Dovizioso becomes the second rider to injure himself training ahead of the (re)start of the 2020 MotoGP season. Last week, Marco Bezzecchi injured his leg in a training accident.
The Italian is a very keen MX rider, and has permission to participate in some MX races from Ducati, because he believes it makes him a better rider in MotoGP. It has helped him improve his starts, he told Italian website GPOne.com, who interviewed Dovizioso ahead of this weekend's race.
"Ducati has understood how useful these races are for me," Dovizioso said. "That these races have helped me and continue to help me to be fast in the early phases of a race."
The prognosis for a fractured collarbone is usually a fairly rapid recovery. The Italian should not have any difficulty being fit again in time for the opening race of the season, on July 19th in Jerez.
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Law of sod.
Of all the riders to get injured three weeks before the seasons starts, it would be the one most in need of a good result. Somebody better be keeping an eye on Battistella's blood pressure.
Not the best place...
... from which to negotiate with Ducati or to challenge Marc in a shortened season.
to the rescue?