Shoulder pain brought an early end to Michel Fabrizio's MotoGP return in Sunday's Czech Republic MotoGP at Brno.
The Italian, third in the 2009 World Superbike Championship with one race win, returned to MotoGP for the first time since 2007 as a replacement for Mika Kallio at the satellite Pramac Ducati team.
Having been 17th and last in Friday practice at Brno, Fabrizio outpaced Gabor Talmacsi in both second practice and qualifying, when he lapped a respectable 0.877sec slower than top Ducati rider Nicky Hayden (eighth) and within half a second of team-mate Niccolo Canepa (twelfth)
But hopes of advancing further up the order in the race soon ended when a shoulder injury, apparently sustained on Friday, prompted the Italian to retire from last place on lap six.
"There isn't much to say today. After some laps I felt more and more pain on the right shoulder injured on Friday and I almost couldn't use the brake anymore,” explained Michel. “I had to stop otherwise I would have risked a fall. I have torn the right shoulder muscle and it looks like I have a golf ball under the skin. I am sorry for the Pramac Racing team that gave me this opportunity."
250GP rider Mattia Pasini will test for Pramac Ducati on Monday, while Fabrizio will return to WSBK action for Ducati Xerox at the Nurburgring on September 6.