Motorcycling: Italy's Dovizioso breaks collarbone before MotoGP return

Motorcycling: Italy's Dovizioso breaks collarbone before MotoGP return

Andrea Dovizioso to undergo surgery on broken collarbone
Andrea Dovizioso to undergo surgery on broken collarbone. (AFP/JOSE JORDAN)

MILAN: Italian MotoGP star Andrea Dovizioso will undergo surgery on a broken collarbone on Sunday (Jun 28), his Ducati team confirmed, just weeks before the world championship season starts.

The 34-year-old landed badly competing in a motocross race at Faenza, near his home in the Emilia Romagna region in central Italy.

"After suffering a crash during a motocross race in Faenza, Andrea Dovizioso has sustained a left collarbone injury," the team said on Twitter.

The team did not specify the injury but the Italian media reported it was a broken collarbone.

Ducati added that after consultation with doctors "Dovi has decided to proceed with surgery this evening in Modena to be fit in time for the start of the 2020 MotoGP season."

Dovizioso has raced for Ducati since 2013 and finished runner-up in each of the past three seasons behind Spaniard Marc Marquez.

The 2020 MotoGP season will start following the coronavirus lockdown on Jul 19 in Spain at the Jerez circuit.

The season was originally scheduled to start on Mar 8 in Qatar.

Source: AFP

Bookmark