Rabat hospitalised after fiery Barcelona test crash

Avintia Ducati MotoGP rider Tito Rabat has been taken to hospital after suffering a major crash during Wednesday's Michelin tyre test at Barcelona.

Rabat suffered a low-side fall at the final corner of the Circuit de Barcelona-Catalunya during the morning, with his GP17 Ducati bursting into flames as it rolled through the gravel trap.

The final corner is now taken at higher speed following the restoration of the previous corner, what used to be known as Turn 12, for MotoGP races after a new chicane was put in place for last year's race.

Rabat was taken by ambulance to the circuit's medical centre after his crash and was subsequently taken to the Dexeus Clinic in Barcelona for further checks.

Avintia announced, however, that the Spaniard has avoided breaking any bones in the incident.

A tweet from the team read: "The first tests carried out in Barcelona ruled out fractures. An MRI [scan] is being performed to rule out ligament injuries in the left elbow."

 

A total of 20 riders are in action on Wednesday in Barcelona to help Michelin evaluate the new surface at the circuit ahead of this year's Catalan Grand Prix.

The Marc VDS Honda, Pramac Ducati and Nieto Ducati teams are absent, while KTM and Suzuki are both fielding their respective third riders, Mika Kallio and Sylvain Guintoli.

The test was scheduled for Tuesday but was called off due to rain, with only the three manufacturers that are allowed an unlimited amount of testing - Suzuki, Aprilia and KTM - taking part in that day's running.

Andrea Iannone set the fastest time of the day for Suzuki with a 1m40.422s, ahead of Pol Espargaro (KTM) and Aleix Espargaro (Aprilia).

The morning session on Wednesday was led by LCR Honda's Cal Crutchlow with a best time of 1m39.642s, fractionally ahead of works rider Marc Marquez and Iannone.

UPDATE: Rabat will remain in hospital for more tests on Thursday. His injuries have been diagnosed as...

Muscle rupture grade 3 of fingers deep flexor.
Muscle rupture grade 2 of the carpal ulnar flexor.
Contusion in the ulnar nerve.
Bone edema in the epitroclea or olecranon.

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Series MotoGP
Drivers Tito Rabat
Teams Avintia Racing
Article type Breaking news