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GP Aperol de Catalunya: The crashes and conditions of the riders

GP Aperol de Catalunya: The crashes and conditions of the riders

Morales, Terol, Debón and Dovizioso were just some of the unfortunate fallers at Montmeló. Here you can find updates on their physical conditions and see the incidents again.

The Gran Premi Aperol de Catalunya produced a spectacular weekend of action in the 125cc, Moto2 and MotoGP classes, with almost 90 riders present across the weekend. In total there were 46 crashes throughout the sessions and the races, with 26 of those on Sunday.

In the premier class Aleix Espargaró suffered disappointment in front of a home crowd of 80,000 as he failed to finish the race, and Andrea Dovizioso fell whilst trying to impose himself at the front of the race with Jorge Lorenzo. Neither were injured, and Marco Simoncelli also escaped unharmed from his own slip as he competed for sixth place.

The Moto2 race was highly eventful and the drama started at Turn 1 where a huge nine-rider crash involved Shoya Tomizawa (Technomag-CIP), Sergio Gadea (Tenerife 40 Pons), Roberto Rolfo (Italtrans STR), Alex Debón (Team Aeroport de Castelló-Ajo), Robertino Pietri (Italtrans STR), Dominique Aegerter (Technomag-CIP), Mike di Meglio (Mapfre Aspar), Héctor Faubel (Marc VDS Racing) and Alex Baldolini (Caretta Technology Race Dept).

For Debón the crash came just a week after he had suffered a fractured collarbone at Assen. However, the news was encouraging for the Spanish rider who suffered no further damage to the right clavicle and left hand he injured last week. He will however remain under observation until at least Tuesday due to the abdominal blow he received in the fall at Catalunya.

There were more incredible images throughout the race as Niccoló Canepa’s RSM Team Scot bike caught fire after a high speed crash, whilst Ratthapark Wilairot also fell. There was a spectacular crash for Carmelo Morales on the start/finish straight and he was miraculously unharmed. The 31 year-old Spaniard, who was substituting for Axel Pons in the Tenerife 40 Pons team, suffered nothing more sinister than bruising to his left shoulder and elbow.

In the 125cc class the unfortunate riders whose races ended prematurely were Esteve Rabat, Alexis Masbou and Sturla Fagerhaug.

Nico Terol was another crasher on the final lap as he battled for second place, and the Spaniard was taken to the Hospital General de Catalunya after being examined at the circuit. When there, Doctor Raúl Haspert examined Terol and confirmed there were no neurological abnormalities and that his cardiovascular status was normal. A chest scan confirmed a traumatic pulmonary contusion in the lower region of the left lung, as well as fractures to the L1 and L2 vertebra and bruising in the left hand. His condition is stable, but his participation at Sachsenring (July 16th-18th) is in doubt.


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