Pirro diagnosed with dislocated shoulder after sickening crash
Michele Pirro has been diagnosed with concussion and a dislocated shoulder after a monumental crash during practice for the Italian MotoGP.
Pirro was flung high into the air at San Donato, at the end of Mugello’s long front straight, after the front wheel of his factory Ducati appeared to lock up.
The Italian lost consciousness upon impact, having gone off at a speed estimated upwards of 250km/h, before he and his bike came to rest in the gravel trap.
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He had regained consciousness by the time he was airlifted to Ospedale Careggi in Florence.
According to a statement from Ducati, Pirro was “diagnosed with concussion and dislocated right shoulder, which was put back into place.”
Furthermore, scans demonstrated that there were “no further complications” for the 31-year-old wildcard.
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Pirro posted on social media that “I played a joker today! A bit battered and bruised but I’m tough.”
The crash was not the only dramatic moment of Free Practice 2, with team-mate Andrea Dovizioso bringing about a second red flag when his GP18 blew an engine.
Dovizioso had earlier set a new MotoGP speed record of 356.4km/h.
Andrea Iannone recorded the fastest lap of the day, a 1:46.735s, a day after confirming he will leave the factory Suzuki team at the end of the season.
Maverick Viñales (Movistar Yamaha), Marc Marquez (Repsol Honda), Johann Zarco (Tech3 Yamaha), and Jack Miller (Pramac Ducati) rounded out the top five in FP2 and on combined times.
There will be more practice this evening before qualifying commences at 2210 AEST.