Ducati's MotoGP title runner-up Andrea Dovizioso 'will start rehabilitation immediately' and 'take part in the 2020 season opener at Jerez' after undergoing shoulder surgery.

An avid motocross rider, Dovizioso fractured his left collarbone when he fell on the landing of a jump during a rare appearance in a regional championship race, in Faenza.

Surgery to plate the compound fracture took place that same evening (Sunday) in Modena, and the Italian – runner-up to Marc Marquez for the past three seasons – now faces a race against time to be as fit as possible for next month's season-openers.

"Andrea Dovizioso underwent surgery to correct a displaced fracture of the sternal margin of the clavicle," said Prof. Giuseppe Porcellini of the Policlinico di Modena. "We proceeded with the internal fixation of a plate with six screws with anatomic reduction and, from a mechanical point of view, we are delighted with the outcome of the operation.

"Apart from me, the medical team was composed by Prof. Fabio Catani, who personally supervised the operation, Prof. Luigi Tarallo and Doctor Andrea Giorgini. I want to thank the Direction of the Policlinico di Modena that made the operating room available in three hours, and all the staff who made possible to perform the surgery quickly".

Dovizioso - one of many MotoGP riders to have trained on motocross bikes since the end of lockdown - is next due to ride his Ducati MotoGP machine during an Official test at Jerez on July 15. Free practice for the first of two back-to-back grands prix at the Spanish circuit then starts on July 17.

"The surgery went well, and I want to thank all the medical team that did the operation so quickly," Dovizioso said. "I don't feel much pain, and that makes me very optimistic. I came home this morning, and during the afternoon, I will plan my rehabilitation. I am confident that in these weeks I will be able to recover and that I will be in full shape in time for the first 2020 GP in Jerez."

Dovi is currently negotiating a 2021 contract extension with Ducati.

Team-mate Danilo Petrucci did not participate in the Motocross race. Ducati told Crash.net that they did not prevent Petrucci from riding and that it had been his own decision.

Revised 2020 MotoGP Calendar (including free weekends)

Round

Date

Race

Circuit

 

15 July

Official Test

Jerez

1

19 July

Spain

Jerez

2

26 July

Andalusia

Jerez

 

2 August

 

 

3

9 August

Czech Republic

Brno

4

16 August

Austria

Red Bull Ring

5

23 August

Styria

Red Bull Ring

 

30 August

  
 

6 September

  

6

13 September

San Marino e Della Riviera di Rimini

Misano

7

20 September

Emilia Romagna e Della Riviera di Rimini

Misano

8

27 September

Catalunya

Barcelona

 

4 October

  

9

11 October

France

Le Mans

10

18 October

Aragon

Aragon

11

25 October

Teruel

Aragon

 

1 November

  

12

8 November

Europe

Ricardo Tormo

13

15 November

Comunitat Valenciana

Ricardo Tormo

(Final European race)

 

22 November

  
 

29 November

  

 

6 December

 

 

 

13 December

 

Deadline for any Flyaway races.

MotoGP 2020: List of 'To Be Confirmed' events

1

4 October

Thailand

Buriram

2

1 November

Malaysia

Sepang

3

15 November

Americas

COTA

4

22 November

Argentina

Termas de Rio Hondo

MotoGP 2020: List of Cancelled events

1

8 March

Qatar (MotoGP class)

Losail

2

31 May

Italy

Mugello

3

21 June

Germany

Sachsenring

4

28 June

Netherlands

Assen

5

12 July

Finland

KymiRing

6

30 August

Great Britain

Silverstone

7

18 October

Japan

Motegi

8

25 October

Australia

Phillip Island

 

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