Andrea Dovizioso has been taken to hospital following his heavy collision with Fabio Quartararo on the opening lap of the British MotoGP for “further checks due to a severe blow to the head”.

The Ducati rider collided with Quartararo’s Petronas Yamaha bike after the French rider fell at the first corner of the Silverstone race, sending the Italian into a heavy crash and needed to be stretchered off the circuit by track marshals.

After initial checks at the track medical centre, Dovizioso has been transferred to Coventry Hospital for head scans after the hit “that caused a momentary loss of memory”, according to Ducati.

The Italian manufacturer also confirmed the 33-year-old has not sustained any broken bones.

It marks the second time Dovizioso has been taken out of a race by another rider this season following a crash triggered by Jorge Lorenzo at the Catalan MotoGP.

Dovizioso now trails Marquez by 78 points in the riders’ world championship standings with seven rounds to go, with Alex Rins closing up to 23 points behind the Italian rider in third place thanks to his victory at Silverstone.

After undergoing checks in hospital Dovizioso has been given the all clear and allowed to return home tonight with his Ducati team.



Quartararo was also taken to hospital for scans after complaining of dizziness after the crash and was later allowed to return home to recover.