News 5 Sep 2023

Bastianini ruled out of next three MotoGP events

Successful surgeries for Italian following Catalunya crash.

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Ducati Lenovo Team’s Enea Bastianini will miss the next three rounds of the 2023 MotoGP World Championship following successful surgeries on his left hand and ankle after that Catalunya turn-one crash.

In Sunday’s Catalan GP, Bastianini made contact with Johann Zarco (Prima Pramac Racing) at turn one of lap one, the incident ultimately bringing down a number of riders and seeing the Italian with fractures to ankle and hand.

To be precise, the number 23 sustained a non-displaced fracture of the medial malleolus in the left ankle, as well as a fracture to the second metacarpal on his left hand, and underwent successful surgery on both yesterday.

“Enea Bastianini has undergone surgery this evening on his left ankle and left hand fractured in yesterday’s crash at the Catalan GP,” a statement from Ducati read.

“The two surgeries, performed by Professor Catani and Professor Tarallo at the Policlinico of Modena, were concluded successfully, and Enea will soon be able to begin the post-surgery recovery.

“The Ducati Lenovo Team rider will have to miss the next home GP in Misano and the two events scheduled at the end of the month in India and Japan.”

Round 12 of the 2023 MotoGP World Championship takes place this weekend at Misano, before the India and Japan rounds take place on 22-24 September and 29 September – 1 October respectively. Bastianini’s expected return date at this stage is 13-15 October for the Indonesian Grand Prix at Mandalika.