Morbidelli's performance in the first tests is still questionable

Author of the article: , published on February 4, 2024.

Pramac rider Franco Morbidelli may have to miss the first official MotoGP tests at Sepang after his condition has yet to be fully assessed following a nasty crash at the Portimao shakedown.

The Italian was preparing for the new season with some other MotoGP and WSBK championship racers in Portugal, and while riding the Pramac Ducati team, he had a nasty fall and lost consciousness for a moment.

MotoGP's first official testing starts on February 6, and the Pramac team announced that it is not yet known if Morbidelli will be able to participate in them, as the health assessment has been postponed for a few extra days. "We want to leave more time for a more detailed understanding of Franco's condition, based on which we will decide if he can participate in the planned tests," the team announced.

Alex and Marc Marquez were the first to help Morbidelli at the point of his fall in the eighth corner, who placed his unconscious colleague in a lateral position. "We saw that Franco was lying unconscious in the excursion zone," explained Marc. "Alex and I stopped immediately. We left the motorbikes on the ground and ran to Franco and gave him first aid. We unbuttoned his overalls and placed him on his side, which is necessary for an unconscious person to make breathing easier. Then we waited for the medical staff and then returned to the garages.

Of course we are opponents, but at the same time we are colleagues and no one wants injuries to the other."

Testing in Sepang starts on Tuesday and ends on Thursday. Drivers and teams then have two days of testing on February 19 and 20 in Qatar, after which the first race will be held on March 10.

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