According to the first information from the hospital in Barcelona, Francesco Bagnaia managed to avoid serious injuries despite the apparently horrific accident. Nevertheless, he will perform a CT scan to confirm the diagnosis. It was worse for his teammate Enea Bastianini, who suffered a bone fracture in his left ankle and will probably need surgery. Bagnaia fell in the second corner of the race, and after a fall and a hard landing, Brad Binder ran over his legs, unable to avoid the fallen racer. Bastianini, however, caused a massive crash in the first corner when he collided with Johann Zarco, suffering a broken ankle in the fall and is also suing for finger pain.
Enea Bastianini is still recovering from a shoulder blade injury he suffered in a fall in the sprint race in Portimao when he was knocked down by Luca Marini while trying to overtake him. The Italian, who missed all the races this season, is expected to return to the caravan in his hometown of Mugello. https://twitter.com/Bestia23/status/1661022027732635656?t=c5MiTNbn6_Q2sJLFXmPy8Q&s=19 It was at this racetrack that he did a few laps today on a Ducati Superbike class motorcycle and thus tested his physical fitness. https://twitter.com/ducaticorse/status/1661023073385193481?t=ASj1QYZFFApdv2ILObbKCA&s=19
Due to pain in his shoulder, Enea Bastianini will decide on Saturday if he will continue his performance at the race weekend in Jerez. The Ducati rider suffered a fractured shoulder blade in a sprint race in Portugal when Luca Marini crashed into him. He has already missed the last two races due to injury, but on Thursday he received medical clearance to compete in the Spanish Grand Prix. But the four-race winner struggled in free practice on Friday with an injured shoulder, ending the day in 20th place in the combined times, 1.3 seconds off the fastest time. "I'm happy to be back, but it's a day full of pain behind me," Bastianini said. "But my health is not good. The shoulder is weak and it is difficult to do many laps and to be fast. I will see how it is on Saturday morning. If it is
Ducati have confirmed that Enea Bastianini will miss the upcoming race weekend in Austin. Let's remember that the Italian broke his shoulder blade when he fell in the opening sprint race in Portimao when Luca Marini knocked him down while trying to overtake him. Bastianini therefore missed the main race in Portugal and the entire race weekend in Argentina. https://twitter.com/ducaticorse/status/1645904276282298368?t=AfZBh3GIkzwgx2BcKY0-aw&s=19 Wanting to return as soon as possible, this week he tested his physical fitness in Misano on the Panigale V4S Superbike motorcycle, with which he completed a few laps. After additional examinations, it was then determined that he needed some more time to recover. He will be replaced by test driver Michele Pirro at the Austin race. In a press statement, Ducati wrote:
Ducati rider Enea Bastianini hopes to return to the MotoGP paddock in Austin after doctors confirmed that surgery on a broken shoulder blade will be necessary. The Italian was injured in the first MotoGP sprint race in Portugal, where he fell thanks to Luca Marini. The injury will see him miss this weekend's race in Argentina, but he hopes the injury will be sufficiently healed to allow him to compete in the third race of the year, the US GP. He will come back with rehabilitation on Monday.
Ducati rider Enea Bastianini will have to miss Sunday's Portuguese Grand Prix and next week's race in Argentina due to a scapula injury in today's sprint race in Portugal. Bastianini suffered his injuries when he was attacked by Luca Marini and fell in the process, sweeping his VR46 racing academy teammate off the track. The Italian was transported to the medical center at the racetrack, where the first examination showed a broken collarbone, and then he was taken to the hospital for further tests. Ducati announced that Bastianini will have to miss Sunday's Portuguese Grand Prix and the Argentine Grand Prix next weekend. The referees also looked at the incident between Bastianini and Marini, but did not decide on a penalty. "I took my line and leaned in a bit
At Ducati, they revealed that the tests in Malaysia were mostly positive for them, but before the start of the season, they have to eliminate one main weakness of the motorcycle, which both Francesco Bagnaia and Enea Bastianini point out. Although the Ducati riders set the fastest times on all three days of testing at Sepang, Ducati factory team manager Davide Tardozzi says: "We are sticking to the testing plan. Some of the innovations are good, some are not. In general, we are happy with our riders, but about the new bike we won't decide until Portimao so we still have to wait. In Sepang we spent a day and a half working on the 2023 bikes and then we went back to last year's bikes to see what the difference was. (Luca) Marini, (Marco) Bezzecchi and the racer They showed Gresini that the motorcycle was still in
After two years competing for satellite teams - first for Avintia, and last year for Gresini, Enea Bastianini will be a member of the Ducati factory team for the next two seasons, where he will share the garage with current world champion Francesco Bagnaio. Last year, Bastianini repeatedly proved that he is capable of competing equally with his new teammate. This year will certainly be no different when it comes to expecting both of them to fight for the world title. What will be their relationship and how it will affect the fight for the title is one of the main topics before the start of the new season. Bastianini has already proven that he doesn't mind the team's orders too much. Nevertheless, it must be emphasized that his maneuvers were mostly clean and that he rarely crossed the line in the fight with Bagnaio. Carlo Pernat,
Luca Marini was the fastest at the test in Valencia with a time of 1:30.032. The Italian was 0,225 seconds faster than second-placed Maverick Vinales. The Spaniard was otherwise the fastest in the morning. The third time was set by Marco Bezzecchi. Among the racers who changed teams, the best today was Miguel Oliveria in fourth place ahead of Aleix Espargaro, Fabio Di Giannantonio, Brad Binder and Jorge Martin. Fabio Quartararo and Enea Bastianini completed the top ten. The French racer was the most active racer of the morning with sixty laps. He eventually stopped at number 92. World champion Francesco Bagnaia set the twelfth time ahead of Marco Marquez, who finished thirteenth as Honda's best rider. The Spaniard is disappointed in the test early for
Francesco Bagnaia believes he can win his first MotoGP world title this year without the help of his Ducati team-mates. The 25-year-old Italian practically wrote off this year's crown when he trailed Fabio Quartararo by more than 90 points in the championship after the German Grand Prix, but then a turnaround followed and Bagnaia is now only 10 points behind the current world champion. After the GP of Aragon, where Quartararo retired, the gap would have been even smaller if Ducati had used team orders and instructed Enea Bastianini to leave the victory to Bagna. But the Ducati camp insist that all eight of their riders, represented in four teams, have a clear path to victory, and Bagnaia says he doesn't need any help anyway. "I don't think I need help. I'd rather win on the track, not because I should