Andrea Dovizioso has suffered a dislocated thumb and heavy bruising after crashing during qualifying for the Valencia Grand Prix, though he confirmed he will make the start of the 2011 season finale.

The Italian, competing in his final race for Repsol Honda before joining Tech 3 Yamaha in 2012, lost the front-end of the RC212V, sending both himself and the bike barrelling through the gravel trap.

Though a trip to the medical centre revealed he hasn't broken any bones, Dovizioso, who qualified eighth, will go into the final race of the year having to contend with heavy bruising.

"It was a strange session, complicated by the wind and the difficult track conditions. Towards the end of the session the conditions improved and I was fourth and not pushing because I didn't want to take too many risks, but then when the other riders began to improve their lap times I saw that I needed to push. Unfortunately at turn four I lost the front and crashed.

"It was my mistake as the tyre was cold and turn four is the first right turn. Thankfully I haven't broken anything, I dislocated my thumb and have heavy bruising, it is quite painful but I will have some treatment to reduce the pain. I didn't have the perfect qualifying for the race.

"We are fighting for third position in the championship and starting from the third row is not ideal, but I will rest tonight and tomorrow start over and super determined. The weather is uncertain but we will be prepared for every condition."


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