Loris Capirossi is a major doubt for the British GP at Donington Park on June 22 after he broke his right hand in Catalunya today.
The veteran Italian was involved in an incident with Alex de Angelis on lap 11 which caused a dislocated fracture in his right hand.
The triple world champion also lost skin on his small finger and with Donington in just 12 days time, Capirossi’s Donington participation remains in doubt.
Rizla Suzuki boss Paul Denning was in no doubt that Honda rookie de Angelis was the culprit when he said: “MotoGP is not an easy sport but we weren’t done any favours today! When de Angelis rammed Loris off the track in turn three the result was a fracture of his right hand.
"The dislocated fracture has been put back into position very skilfully by Dr. Costa, and the bone has been set in a cast. The normal recovery time for that injury is some weeks, but Loris seems keen to try and be fit for Donington in 12 days time.
"Whether that is realistic or not, the next few days will tell! Loris gave everything – as always – and deserved a lot better for all his efforts.”
Capirossi said: “It has been a really bad end to the weekend, because I felt that everything was working well on the bike and I felt good. I think I could have fought with Chris and James Toseland, but de Angelis tried a bit too hard and put me out of the race.
"But this is racing and sometimes things like this happen. Now I have to be careful because I have an injury and it will not be so easy for me to recover for the two races in one week. We will see, but I will certainly try to recover as quickly as I can!”
Chris Vermeulen also blamed de Angelis for hitting him at the first corner as he ended up seventh.