Andrea Iannone, who is riding with Ducati, heavily crashed at the high-speed Turn 13 right-hander 10 minutes into Friday morning’s first practice session at Misano.
The Italian speedy suffered a heavy blow to his back and although he was on two feet following the incident he was taken to the circuit medical centre and then by helicopter to the Bufalini Hospital in Cesena for tests.
The scanning results revealed that, the presence of a fractured D3 vertebra. Medical staff will therefore reassess Iannone’s fitness on Saturday morning before deciding whether he will participate in FP3.
Andrea Iannone: “In the first FP1 run on my fifth lap I slipped and lost the front at turn 13, then I started to roll in the gravel. Unfortunately I suffered a compression to my back and the tests have shown a fractured D3 vertebra. The doctors have decided to check me again tomorrow morning, before giving me any OK for the race. I hope to be able to rest well tonight and wake up without too much pain, because I really want to race at Misano.”