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Danilo Petrucci suffers early season injury setback

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Danilo Petrucci has suffered a serious set back on the final day of MotoGP testing at Phillip Island in Australia with the Octo Pramac Yakhnich Ducati rider suffering a broken hand.

Petrucci suffed fracture of second, third and fourth metacarpal of his right hand. After first aid and diagnosis, Petrux was moved to Melbourne where he will undergo further check ups today.

"It is difficult at the moment to talk about recovery times. In any case he will miss next and last pre-season test in Doha, Qatar." the team suggested.

Petrucci was feeling like he had found the right set up just before the strange crash occurred at Turn 8 in the out lap. Shortly before the incedent he had managed to lap under the wall of 1:30 passing under the checkered flag in 1: 29.995 (11th place) in his lap 53rd (56 completed).

"It was not an easy test. The weather conditions did not help us working on set up and Danilo's accident is too big a price to pay," Team Manager, Francesco Guidotti, lamented.

"It's never the right time to fall and hurt but surely this is a particularly sensitive time. It is frustrating, we know. But we must look to the future with strength and determination. We have to focus on the Danilo's recovery, the whole team is with him.

"We are confident that he will recover soon: the hope is that he will be on track for the GP in Qatar but now is too early to have a clear scenery." a disappointed Guidotti concluded.
Danilo Petrucci before the accident
Petrucci's team-mate Scott Redding had a posative three days in Australia with the young Brit gaining confidence with his new Ducati Desmosedici GP. Even the constant bad weather, that forced the riders to stop for more than 2 hours in the middle test, saw Scott able to complete 49 laps, ending up with a time of 1:30.101 that put him is 14th position but less than a second from the fastest lap of the day and just one-tenth of a second out the Top 10.

"These three days have been positive although it was difficult to find consistency due to the particular weather conditions," Redding said.

"Today it was be difficult to set a good lap-time because I had only a few hard tires to fit and every time I tried the soft I did not feel confident on the front.

"However, we have improved traction and this was an important goal. The feelings are good and I'm looking forward to being in Qatar. I want to wish Danilo a fast recovery. I hope he comes back soon and will be on track for the first race in Qatar."

Main Photo: Danilo Petrucci in action
Scott Redding on the gas

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