"When I crashed, I didn’t believe I would be able to tell this story…" – Petrucci leaves hospital, targeting Misano return

Tuesday, 16 April 2024 11:04 GMT

After undergoing surgery on injuries sustained in a motocross crash last week, Danilo Petrucci left hospital and provided an update on social media

Danilo Petrucci (Barni Spark Racing Team) has left hospital after his surgery on the injuries he sustained in a motocross training crash last week. ‘Petrux’ fractured his right collarbone and jaw in the incident, where he went to hospital to undergo surgery. Although he will miss the next MOTUL FIM Superbike World Championship round at Assen due to the injuries, Petrucci has left hospital and provided an update on social media, including that he’s targeting a return to action on home soil.

The news broke of Petrucci’s crash on Friday, with the Italian always remaining conscious and he was taken to hospital for surgery. When announcing that Nicholas Spinelli would replace the #9 at Assen, the Barni Ducati team also expanded on the surgery required, with plates inserted into his jaw following the double fracture. A second surgery took place on his right clavicle but with that now completed, Petrucci has left hospital.

On Instagram, the four-time podium finisher said: “Hello everyone, I feel better, I'm out of the hospital, I'm almost well, as you can see the jaw has taken a good blow. I broke it in several parts, as well as the clavicle and the scapula. Unfortunately, I also cut a nerve in the jaw, which may come back. But for now, for the next few days, I'll laugh with my mouth a little crooked like this. I'm very happy to be here because, first of all, I'm alive, and for a moment when I was crashing, I didn’t believe I would be able to tell this story.

“I thank the doctors of the Torrette hospital in Ancona where I was these days. Doctor De Feudis operated urgently on my jaw, he gave me some plates and screws. He did this masterpiece. I was really hurt. Doctor Balercia, who is in charge of the maxillofacial unit, and Doctor Pascarella, who operated on my clavicle yesterday morning, and put another plate. So, in addition to the two plates, the 20 screws I have on my hand, I added three more plates and some screws but I'm happy I'm going back home. It will take some time to recover. I think we'll see each other at Misano. I can't eat so maybe for the first time in my life I'll lose weight because I can only eat liquids, so it will be tough but as I said I am very happy to be here to talk to you. I really thank you all, all those who have written to me, thank you, thank you again.”

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