Premier class duo both suffer concussions in frightening crash.
Ducati Team’s Andrea Dovizioso was transported to hospital via helicopter after his fiery first turn crash with Fabio Quartararo (Petronas Yamaha SRT) at Silverstone’s British grand prix.
Quartararo high-sided on the exit of turn one following a slight mishap ahead of him from eventual winner Alex Rins (Team Suzuki Ecstar), with his YZR-M1 crossing into the path of Dovizioso and ultimately causing a frightening crash between the pair.
On-track medical assistance arrived immediately and Dovizioso was transported to the medical centre, where doctors found that he had a concussion and a number of contusions, prompting him to be transported to hospital for further checks that fortunately cleared him of serious injury.
Quartararo was left suffering from a concussion after the heavy tumble, for which he was also sent for further medical assessment at the local medical facility.
“[Alex] Rins had a small slide in front of me and I shut the throttle a little too much to avoid him and then highsided,” Quartararo explained. “It’s a pity for the result, but more importantly I hope that Andrea [Dovizioso] is okay.
“It was a racing incident, and just bad luck for both of us. All weekend we were fast and the worst position of the weekend was fourth in qualifying. I had the same pace as the top guys and I’m really happy with the improvements we made this weekend. The team made a big step forwards together and it’s something we can build on.”
The pair will both have to undergo a medical examination at the Misano grand prix on 15 September in order to be cleared to race.