Dutch MotoGP: Doctors confirm further Assen crash damage for Bradley Smith

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Medical checks on British teenager Bradley Smith have confirmed he also suffered a fracture in his left knee in an incident during Thursday’s opening 125 GP practice session in Assen. 

Smith was stuck by Italian Andrea Iannone and suffered broken bones in his left foot and hand that ruled him of competing in today’s Dutch 125 GP race.

The 16-year-old flew to Barcelona on Friday morning for additional medical examinations where he discovered he has also a fracture just below the left knee, with his leg taking the full impact of the collision with Iannone.

Dr Juame Perramon has told the Repsol Honda rider that surgery is unlikely to be required on the left knee injury, which is diagnosed as a divided fracture of the tibial plateau.

Smith will undergo more medical checks on Monday once severe swelling on the left knee has eased for doctors to determine the seriousness of the injury. For the time being though his leg has been completely immobilised but doctors are still optimistic that the Oxfordshire rider will be fit to return to action in the German GP at the Sachsenring on July 15.

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Matthew Birt

By Matthew Birt