News 20 Nov 2019

Shoulder pain hinders Petrucci at Valencia test

Factory Ducati pilot limited to just 10 laps on day one.

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Shoulder pain that arose as a result of crashing on Sunday ultimately hindered Danilo Petrucci on day one of testing at Valencia, limiting the Italian to just 10 laps.

The Ducati Team rider underwent further medical checks after posting the 12th fastest time, however will decide if he’ll return to the track ahead of day two at the Spanish venue.

“Unfortunately I was only able to do a few laps today because my left shoulder, which was already giving me a few problems, was injured a bit more in my crash on Sunday,” Petrucci explained.

“Even though I tried to rest on Monday, when I got back on the bike today I didn’t have any strength in it so I preferred to stop and see if I can do a few laps tomorrow or if it will be better to postpone everything to next week at Jerez. Despite the fact I only did a few laps, my first impressions of the 2020 bike are certainly positive”.

Teammate Andrea Dovizioso finished the session in fourth place on the 2020 version of his factory Desmosedici GP.

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