Andrea Dovizioso was taken to hospital this weekend with what was suspected to be a broken left collarbone, after crashing during a regional motocross race in Faenza, Italy.
On Sunday evening, Dovizioso underwent surgery at the Policlinico di Modena, and he will be able to start physiotherapy immediately. This means Dovizioso should be ready for the first 2020 MotoGP race, which is July 19th at Jerez.
The Italian had been given permission to take part in the race by Ducati.
The race, at the MX track in Faenza, was part of the regional MX championship of the Emilia-Romagna region in Italy. Dovizioso had crashed on a landing after a jump, injuring his left shoulder. He was taken to hospital in Forli, his home town, for further examination.
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.”
Dovizioso was operated on by a group of surgeons led by professor Giuseppe Porcellini on Sunday night. He had suffered a displaced fracture, meaning the collarbone was broken completely at the end closest to the sternum, and the two sections had separated.
Surgeons inserted a plate and six screws to bring the collarbone back to its original position and size, and declared themselves to be very happy with the outcome.
Dovizioso was discharged on Monday morning, and sent home to start rehabilitation. The factory Ducati rider expects to be fully fit in time for the season start on July 19th, now just under three weeks away.