Randy de Puniet will undergo an MRI scan on his ankle this week after a collision with Hiroshi Aoyama during the Catalunya Grand Prix left him nursing a new injury.
The Frenchman has endured a dismal start to the 2011 MotoGP World Championship season, finishing just one of the opening five races and crashing out of the other four.
Having fallen one lap into the last race at Le Mans, de Puniet lasted just three laps in Barcelona on this occasion when he collided with Gresini Honda's Aoyama, the Japanese going on to accept blame for the clash that eliminated both riders.
Taken to the medical centre and diagnosed with an ankle injury, de Puniet will now stay in Spain to undergo an MRI scan to check if there has been any ligament damage.
“I'm not at all happy with how things went, as I'm going through a difficult period,” the Pramac Ducati rider said. “At Le Mans, I was out after just one lap, and things weren't much different today. I don't know what happened with Aoyama; I saw him coming into me while I was exiting the first corner.
“It's really a shame because I was very motivated. I had a good feeling with the bike in the early kilometers, and I thought I could do well. I hope that I haven't hurt my ankle. It makes a strange noise when I walk, so I hope the ligaments aren't broken.”
Aoyama, meanwhile, suffered his first retirement of the season, the former 250GP champion admitting his was at fault for the tangle.
”It hasn't been a good weekend for us and today I made a mistake. I crashed and took De Puniet with me but it was completely my fault. I don;'t know what to say other than I want to get to Silverstone and forget about this Grand Prix.”