"It Could Have Been Much Worse" - bagnaia-Bastianini Injury Update
Championship leader Francesco Bagnaia escapes horrific Catalan Grand Prix accident “relatively” unharmed – Bastianini’s injuries worse.
After what was a very gnarly crash in Lap 1 of the Catalan Grand Prix main race, current MotoGP World Champion Francesco Bagnaia has escaped serious harm.
The Italian, in the lead after Turn 1 suffered a massive highsider before, while sliding in the middle of the track, being hit and run over by KTM rider Brad Binder.
He was taken to the medical centre where the initial assessment from the MotoGP doctors suggested no serious damage had been done.
The medical team at the track had not detected any fractures, but for a more detailed examination, Bagnaia was sent to the hospital in Barcelona.
As it turned out: Apart from several contusions, the Italian remained largely uninjured and was allowed to leave the hospital in Barcelona late in the evening.
However, luck for Bagnaia meant misfortune for his teammate Enea Bastianini. The Italian, who has just returned from a shoulder blade fracture, triggered a mass crash with an over-motivated braking maneuver heading into Turn 1.
As he and his three victims slid into the Catalan gravel, Bastianini was hit by Fabio Di Giannantonio’s Gresini bike resulting in more serious injuries than first expected.
After a trip to the hospital, the results are clear: In addition to a broken metacarpal in his left hand, doctors found a non-displaced fracture of the medial malleolus on his left ankle, both injuries will require surgery.