Ducati Test Team rider Michele Pirro suffered a big crash in FP2 at the Gran Premio d’Italia Oakley, losing control at the end of the long main straight at Mugello and highsiding into the gravel. The session was red flagged and the Italian received medical attention trackside.
Pirro was confirmed as conscious and the Italian has now been transferred via helicopter to Ospedale Careggi in nearby Florence.
Dr Angel Charte, medical director, gave an update on the Ducati rider following the incident and first checks.
“The high speed accident that Michele Pirro suffered initially seemed like it was very serious, which it was, and the primary diagnosis that we currently have, before the hospital can rule out anything else with a CT scan, is trauma to the chest, abdomen and spine,” he said. “At first he was unconscious, and then in and out of consciousness. Now we have to wait for more specific tests to see if there are any injuries to the spine or lower back. We’ve put his shoulder, which was dislocated, back in place.
“Now he’s sedated in order to ease the pain. Initially the prognosis isn’t severe, but we’ll wait for definitive results from further tests. Clinically, his neurological and brain function, and motor function, are within a normal range. Evidently we’ve not been able to test everything due to his injuries and the pain he’s in but we don’t think they will discover anything else that hasn’t already been diagnosed.”