Ducati MotoGP rider Andrea Iannone was ruled out of the weekend’s San Marino Grand Prix on Friday after suffering a fractured vertebra in a fall in practice. The Doctor said the Italian who win in Austria last month for Ducati’s first victory in the top category since 2010 had been declared unfit to race after being taken to hospital near the Misano circuit in eastern Italy.
“The scan revealed a fracture to the third vertebra, but fortunately it is in a part that doesn’t affect the spinal cord. It was an ordinary crash, but Andrea felt immediately a big pain in the back and so we proceeded with further scans. We have sent the medical reports also to Ducati specialist doctors in order to give Iannone an additional opinion,” said Ducati Corse General Manager Paolo Ciabatti.
Asked whether he felt allowing Iannone to compete on Saturday could be a potential risk to his long-term fitness, Ciabatti said how the judgement of both local doctors and Ducati’s own specialists should be trusted. If Iannone is declared fit, he will try, at least one practice session, in order to understand if he can cope with the pain. The rider’s management confirmed this possibility, but the final decision is in the hand of the doctors.