Factory Ducati rider Andrea Dovizioso has revealed that his surgically repaired left collarbone is not proving to be an issue in his racing return.
Dovizioso suffered a heavy crash last month while participating in a motocross race in Italy, which resulted in a broken left collarbone. He underwent surgery to repair the damage inflicted to be fit in time for the first MotoGP race held at Jerez this weekend.
After putting 49 laps in to test the collarbone during Wednesday’s two test sessions, he revealed that the bone itself is not proving to be a problem and that the only pain he is feeling is due to his leathers pressing into the cut in his shoulder that was done during the operation.
“My physical condition is really good, in two weeks, we worked in a perfect way. The people around me did a perfect job. I moved the collarbone already one day after the surgery because I could adapt.” The Italian said on Wednesday.
“I don’t have any strange pain while riding. I was a bit curious, because MotoGP, the stiffness of the bike, the power we have, you never know until you are one the bike. But everything worked well.
“I’m struggling a bit more about the pain where the cut is, where the leather pushes in that point. But not the collarbone. So, pretty happy about that to have that confirmed.”
Putting physical condition aside, he also revealed that he was not too happy with his performance during the test, which he finished in 15th position while pointing out his struggles to get on top of Michelin’s new rear tyre.
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