Dovizioso breaks collarbone


Andrea Dovizioso has joined Nicky Hayden on MotoGP's injury list after breaking his collarbone in a motocross accident.

The Italian, who moves from the works Honda squad to Tech 3 Yamaha for 2012, tweeted a picture of his injury late on Thursday night, commenting: "I broke my right collarbone doing motocross."

Hayden meanwhile broke his left scapula and fractured two ribs in a training accident in Kentucky at the end of December.

Dovizioso's new team is yet to comment on the implications of his injury, but with MotoGP's first test of the year commencing at Sepang, Malaysia, on 31 January, both he and Hayden face a battle to be fit in time to participate.

Dovizioso, 25, finished third in last year's MotoGP championship, having taken seven podiums over the course of the season.

Despite that he was released from his works deal with Honda, the Japanese manufacturer opting to run just two riders in the works team due to budget constraints.

He signed for Tech 3 Yamaha, where he will partner Cal Crutchlow for the 2012 season.

Both Crutchlow and his 2011 team-mate Colin Edwards broke their collarbones during MotoGP events last year.

Sorry you didn't like this comment. Please provide a reason below.

Are you sure?
Rating failed. Try again.
Request failed. Try again.
We will promote constructive and witty comments to the top, so that everyone sees them!
Sorry, we can’t load comments right now. Try again.

    Win cash in one day fantasy football contests. Join now!

    Learn how to play

    Contest Entries Entry Fee Prizes Starts (EDT)
    PL £1 Learn To Play [No Risk] 24/150 £1 £180 Saturday 10:00 AM Enter
    PL £2 Double Up [Learn to Play] 3/11 £2 £20 Saturday 10:00 AM Enter
    PL £10 Double Up [Win £20] 1/11 £10 £100 Saturday 10:00 AM Enter