Italian rider's horrific crash stuns MotoGP world

Italian MotoGP rider Michele Pirro was taken to hospital after crashing his Ducati heavily in second practice for the Italian Grand Prix on Friday.

The factory test rider, who is entered as a wild card, lost control at the end of the main 350km/h straight at the Mugello circuit and was thrown off the bike, with the session brought to a halt.

He was confirmed as conscious, after being treated by doctors as he lay in the gravel, and transferred to hospital in nearby Florence.

Italian media reports said he would be kept under observation overnight but had not suffered any broken bones or serious injury.

MotoGP's chief doctor Angel Charter confirmed later that Pirro had suffered concussion, neck, chest and back injuries and a dislocated shoulder.

"He's moving all limbs normally and his neurological situation is normal," he added.

Ducati sporting director Paolo Ciabatti told the Gazzetta dello Sport that Pirro could not recall the crash but was talking.

with AFP