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Locatelli stable after ankle operation last night

Locatelli stable after ankle operation last night

Locatelli stable after ankle operation last night

After a night in the intensive care unit of Cadiz's Puerta del Mar hospital Roberto Locatelli remains in a stable condition following an operation on an open ankle fracture.

The Metis Gilera rider is being kept in a pharmacologically-induced coma as he continues to recover from the serious injuries he sustained in a crash during yesterday morning's 250cc free practice session in Jerez.

Doctor Claudio Costa of Clinica Mobile, who treated Locatelli immediately after the accident, this afternoon provided an update on the 32 year-old's progress:

"At the moment Locatelli is attached to a life support machine bringing him liquids, medicine and blood, to recover what he lost during the accident. The operation he underwent yesterday evening to repair the dislocation and the exposed (ankle) fracture went well. The numerous facial fractures will be cured at a later stage in Italy, at the Bellaria Hospital of Bologna."

Locatelli lost the control of his bike during practice ahead of the Gran Premio de España and violently collided with safety barriers at a speed of 120 kmph resulting in numerous facial traumas, an open fracture of his left ankle and a fracture of the left collarbone.

Sunday was therefore an anxious day of waiting for his Metis Gilera team who momentarily suffered another shock when Locatelli's team-mate Marco Simoncelli crashed out of the 250cc race – though fortunately Simoncelli was not injured in the incident.

250cc, 2007, GRAN PREMIO DE ESPAÑA, Roberto Locatelli

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