Andrea Dovizoso is “like new” after surgery to fix his broken collarbone. At least that’s what the Italian MotoGP competitor said on his Twitter feed @AndreaDovizioso this past weekend: “ehi guys after about 1 hour under surgery i am like new!!!”
The former Repsol Honda/current Tech rider broke his right collarbone on Thurdsday, January 5, while riding motocross. Again the news spread via the rider’s Twitter feed when he posted, “f&ck, i broke my right collarbone doing motocross” and a photo of himself in the hospital.
Dovizioso went under the knife the following Saturday, January 7, to repair his fractured clavicle. MotoGP.com reports the surgery was conducted by Dr. Giuseppe Porcellini – the same man to work on Mr. Valentino Rossi after his MX injury.
The third-place rider in the 2011 championship, Dovizioso now has three weeks to get fit for the opening pre-season test at Sepang on January 31st. The new Tech 3 rider’s off-season injury followed a similar training accident to Ducati’ Nicky Hayden, who broke his scapula and fractured ribs in a crash racing flat track.
A broken collarbone is a familiar occurrence in the Tech 3 garage, with both its 2011 riders, Cal Crutchlow and Colin Edwards, missing Grand Prix races last season from the injury. Dovizioso will campaign the 2012 season on the satellite Yamaha squad alongside Crutchlow.