The doctor who will oversee the surgery on Andrea Dovizioso's broken collarbone has admitted he has suffered a potentially serious break.
Dovizioso broke his collarbone during a motocross training accident, the Italian saying he slipped at low-speed, but fell forward and was subsequently struck by the bike he was riding.
Dovizioso is set to be operated on today [Saturday], but Dr Giuseppe Porcellini, who carried out Valentino Rossi's shoulder surgery in 2010, says – judging by photos he has been shown -, the collarbone is 'very displaced'.
"I've seen a picture of the collarbone on the phone and it does look very displaced indeed with two fragments. We couldn't avoid surgery even if he was an office worker,” he told Gazetta dello Sport
“We'll have to insert a plate and then I'll try to recommend Dovizioso to have at least 15 days of rest, in the hope that he'll then be able to go testing. In any case, he'll have to be careful: let's not forget that [Dani] Pedrosa last year underwent three collarbone surgeries."
Dovizioso is now in a race against time to be fully fit for the first MotoGP test of the year on January 31st, where he will look to continue acclimatising to the Tech 3 Yamaha having ended his lengthy association with Honda.