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Mugello: Smith will need skin graft, but 'can race'

31 May 2013

Bradley Smith is planning to race in this weekend's Italian Grand Prix at Mugello despite hurting his arm and wounding a finger in a heavy crash during second free practice.

The Tech 3 Yamaha rider was making solid progress during the session and was up to eighth place on the timesheets when he fell on the exit of turn 15, landing heavily on his left arm.

Following a trip to the medical centre, it was confirmed that no bones were broken in the spill, though he did suffer an open wound to his left finger that will need a skin graft next week.

Despite this, team manager Herve Poncharal confirmed that Smith has been given the all-clear to race on Sunday.

“It is a shame that Bradley suffered a big crash today because he was looking very strong and confident. We know he loves this track and he showed that his confidence is growing with the YZR-M1 because he was sixth in difficult conditions this morning and eighth when he crashed this afternoon.

“We have checked the data and he was not doing anything different in that corner compared to his fastest lap in the session. He had exactly the same speed but it seems he was on a brand new tyre that hadn't reached working temperature.

“It is a pity because I am sure he could have finished inside the top 10, but what happened unfortunately can be part of the learning experience in MotoGP. Fortunately he has no broken bones because he landed heavily but the little finger on his left hand was quite badly damaged.

“The Clinica Mobile staff said he can race and I know they will do a fantastic job in getting him the very best treatment and ensure he is as prepared as possible for what will be a very difficult race. He will need a skin graft next week though.”


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