Valentino Rossi has passed on his best wishes to Alex de Angelis after the Ioda Racing rider was injured in a serious incident during the final free practice session at the Japanese MotoGP.
De Angelis, from San Marino, came off midway through FP4 at high speed between turns 9 and 10, causing the session to be red-flagged.
He was reported to be conscious and breathing at the scene and was airlifted to Dokkyo Hospital in Mibu for further examination and treatment.
A statement on the official MotoGP website said: “Alex underwent a CT scan and has been diagnosed with lung contusion after preliminary analysis, further checks revealed several rib fractures.
“A spinal CT scan revealed fractures to the T7-T8-T9 vertebrae, a body fracture to L4 and trasversal process fractures to T2,4 and 8.”
Rossi, who passed the scene of the incident, said it was a 'bad moment'.
“I think we have to say good luck to [Alex] De Angelis because everybody was very scared,” said the 36-year-old.
“I passed through there and it was a bad moment and difficult also to keep the concentration, but the most important thing of today is that he is quite okay because the crash was very bad.”