Dovizioso very frustrated by neck injury

Dovizioso very frustrated by neck injury
Friday, 31 May 2013

Andrea Dovizioso was highly aggravated to have injured his neck in a fall during the opening practice session for his home Grand Prix. The Ducati Team rider was left in substantial pain, particularly on straight sections of track.

After his crash in the morning session on Friday, Dovizioso escaped any significant injury to his spine but has been left in much pain whenever needing to tip his head backwards – notably when tackling the high-speed start/finish straight at Mugello.

"I’m really happy that I was able to do the second session because I really didn’t think I’d be able to ride," he begins. "It’s not that what happened to me was so terrible, but it’s problematic for the riding position. I can’t tilt my head back, so I’m not able to look ahead when I’m tucked on the straight or turn my head in the middle of the corners. I must thank Dr.Costa and the Medical Centre for doing what they could to help me to ride, because otherwise I wouldn’t have been able to do it.

"My physiotherapist, Francesco Chionne, helped a lot as well. Let’s hope the situation doesn’t get worse because I’m at the limit with being able to ride. Despite that, I’m pleased with the time. As for my fall, I made a mistake at Turn 1, which was the wettest corner. I came in a bit wide, but I wanted to try to stay on the asphalt. I was going pretty fast, lost the front and I started to tumble in the gravel; I twisted my neck, and it definitely had an effect on my micro-hernia."

Dovizioso ended the first day in seventh position, whereas teammate Nicky Hayden led the Ducati charge from fourth place. Ducati Test Team rider Michele Pirro, riding the GP13 Lab bike as he also did at Jerez, finished up in tenth spot.

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