Ducati MotoGP rider Andrea Dovizioso has been taken to hospital in Italy to undergo checks on a suspected left collarbone break from a motocross crash.
Dovizioso was taking part in a motocross race in the Emilia Romagna regional championship in Italy on Sunday when he crashed and landed on heavily on his left shoulder, according to eye witnesses.
He has been taken to a nearby hospital in Forli to undergo scans on a possible broken collarbone.
An official injury update is forthcoming.
Ducati granted Dovizioso permission to take part in the race, with the Italian a keen motocross rider as part of his MotoGP training regime.
This decision also comes in the wake of ongoing contract negotiations between both parties, with a deal yet to be reached over a dispute over money.
Though Dovizioso’s condition is unknown at this point, a possible broken collarbone has come at the worst possible time with the 2020 MotoGP season set to get underway in three weeks’ time at Jerez – with a one-day test at the Spanish Grand Prix venue scheduled for the Wednesday 15 July prior.
With only 13 rounds scheduled so far, any missed race will prove disastrous to his title ambitions.
Late last year reigning world champion Marc Marquez underwent surgery on a partially dislocated right shoulder he suffered in a heavy crash during the Malaysian GP weekend, and which he aggravated further in a tumble in November’s Jerez test.
It followed a similar injury woe on his left shoulder, which dogged him throughout the 2018 season and required a lengthy winter of rehabilitation ahead of last season.
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