Andrea Dovizioso underwent successful surgery yesterday at the Cervesi Hospital at Cattolica to remove the titanium plate that was inserted in his right collarbone following a motocross training accident last January.
The Ducati rider was operated on the same Dr. Giuseppe Porcellini who did the first surgery, and today Dovizioso was released from the hospital and was able to return home.
Before going under the knife, Dovizioso also underwent an MRI scan to discover the reasons behind the neck issues that he has been suffering from since the Sepang round, that he partially solved with physiotherapy and anti-inflammatory medicines, but the problem returned with a vengeance at the start of the three-day Ducati test at Jerez last week and he was unable to ride, but was able to compete and win the Sic Supermoto Day charity event this past weekend.
According to Dovizioso’s official Facebook page, the scan did not reveal any particular problems, except for a slight degeneration of a couple of intervertebral discs, which was deemed compatible with his profession as a motorcycle racer and that a slight muscle imbalance caused by the presence of the plate may have induced inflammation resulting in the neck pain.
Dovizioso will rest for a few days before starting rehabilitation and postural re-education and he should be fully fit for the first official MotoGP test at Sepang next Feburary.