While practicing for the 2012 MotoGP Championship last Thursday, the newest Monster Yamaha Tech 3 rider, Andrea Dovizioso, broke his collarbone.
The 25-year-old Italian fractured his right clavicle in four places during a “relatively minor” motocross-training crash near his home. But after undergoing surgery Saturday, Dovi’s team reports that they are optimistic Dovi will participate in the first official 2012 MotoGP test session at the end of the month.
On Saturday, Dovizioso underwent successful surgery by Dr. Giuseppe Porcellini, who repaired Valentino Rossi’s 2010 shoulder that was also injured during a motocross-training accident.
During Dovizioso’s operation, Porcellini platted the former Repsol Honda rider’s right clavicle. Doctors report that Dovi needs to stabilize his arm for 15 days before he can begin rehabilitation.
Dr Porcellini reports that, “barring any unforeseen complications,” Dovizioso should be able to participate in the first test of 2012 MotoGP without any problems; this first test is set for Jan. 31 through Feb. 2, less than three weeks away.
This is the second off-season crash to occur in MotoGP; Ducati Team’s Nicky Hayden broke his left scapula and fractured two ribs while training in an indoor flat-track circuit in his home-state of Kentucky last month. Hayden is also expected to be fully recovered for the first MotoGP test in Sepang.