Petrucci forced to abandon Qatar season opener

Danilo Petrucci will not take part in this weekend's season-opening MotoGP race in Qatar, after a further examination of the hand injury he sustained in testing at Phillip Island.

The Pramac Ducati rider was forced to sit out the final test of the winter at Qatar, having broken the second, third and fourth metacarpals of his right hand in a crash in Australia.

After his place was taken by Ducati tester Michele Pirro for the final test, Petrucci took part in practice for the Grand Prix weekend at Qatar, ending the third session on Friday in 14th, 1.2s off the pace.

But now the Pramac squad has confirmed that, following a further X-ray that revealed a "dislocated bone segment" in his hand, Petrucci will have to miss the race after all.

The team has yet to indicate whether Petrucci will be substituted, although Pirro would be the logical choice to fill in for his compatriot.

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Series MotoGP
Event Qatar GP
Track Losail International Circuit
Drivers Danilo Petrucci
Teams Pramac Racing
Article type Breaking news