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MotoGP: Pirro survives 200mph crash relatively unscathed

Published: 02 June 2018

Updated: 02 June 2018

Ducati MotoGP wildcard Michele Pirro has survived a horror 200mph crash at the Italian Grand Prix relatively unscathed, suffering only a dislocated shoulder, a concussion and severe bruising after falling from his Desmosedici on one of the fastest straights of the Grand Prix season.

The Italian suffered a high-speed wobble only seconds before his fall, likely knocking the brake pads back in the calipers and leaving him with no brakes when he initially grabbed the lever for one of the hardest braking corners of the year. That in turn led him to grab an even bigger handful of brakes, locking the front and launching himself over the handlebars.

However, while red flags came out as he lay unconscious in the gravel trap, a CT scan in Florence after being air ambulanced from the track confirmed no more serious injuries for him.

Kept in hospital overnight, the Ducati team confirmed to MCN that the test rider had had no further complications and was hoping to re-join his team on Sunday to support them even though he will not be passed fit to ride.

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