Andrea Dovizioso Breaks Collarbone In MX Training Crash

MotoGP's winter break has claimed another victim. After Ducati's Nicky Hayden broke a shoulder blade and cracked some ribs at an indoor dirt track facility, Monster Tech 3 Yamaha's Andrea Dovizioso has announced that he has broken his right collarbone while riding his motocross bike. The Italian had been training on his MX bike at a track near his home in Forli, when he crashed, fracturing the collarbone. He was taken to a local hospital, where his shoulder was immobilized, and where Dovizioso announced his misfortune on his Twitter page, posting a photo of himself with the upper half of his body in bandages, but still wearing his motocross pants and boots.

Dovizioso now faces a race against time to be fit for the first official MotoGP test at Sepang, which starts on January 31st. Dovizioso did not reveal the severity of the broken collarbone, but under normal circumstances, motorcycle racers have broken collarbones plated and are ready to return to action within a couple of weeks. Until the Monster Tech 3 Yamaha team issues an official press release, we will not know the precise details of the injury.

With two riders injured from training crashes over the winter, many people are wondering why racers risk injury by riding motocross or dirt track during the off season. The reality is that riding a bike is still the best way of practicing all aspects of bike control. There is no better way of retaining the feel for a bike, leaving few real alternatives. As Tech 3's Moto2 rider Bradley Smith put it on Twitter, "Do you really think Racers would ride Motocross if we didn't feel it was of "Benefit" to us?"

The problem is not unique to motorcycle racing, however. Professional cyclists face a similar problem, often suffering injury while out training on the roads. As an example, 2011 Tour de France winner Cadel Evans was forced to miss a large part of the early season, after being injured in a training accident near his home in Switzerland in March of last year. Riding two-wheeled vehicles carries an inherent risk, and nothing can be done to eliminate that.

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That is MAJOR immobilization of the entire right side of his upper body. He looks like a Mummy. No movement at all. He'll atrophy to a weakling if he stays in that too long.

Something worth noting: Hyperbaric chambers are not scientifically proven to aid sports injuries. Sports teams will use then because they will try anything AND they have a lot of money.

Ryan Dungey highsides a RC212v while training for next year's MX championship and breaks a pinky toe...

Ok, so I'm just kidding.

Get well soon Dovi :)

There are just a few weeks left to go before testing starts again... who is going to hurt himself next? Spies? Dani? What are the primary riders doing to keep themselves in 1 piece? They need to share that info with their fellow team-mates. The riders need a simulator (not just a wind-tunnel) like the drivers have in F1. PlayStation and X-Box need to help out and produce something more than just a joy-stick already.

no doubt this training helps, but unless you were born in the dirt like Stoner, hayden and old school US champs, they all want to go faster than their technique allows for. Saw that on "Fastest" where vale also says nothing keeps you in motorcycle roadracing shape like roadracing.


can we get an official countdown? So BORED!!!

Being "born in the dirt" didn't stop Hayden from ploughing into it and injuring himself!

The comment by Bradley Smith says it all. But why is it MX as opposed to some other form of training? Admittedly almost any type of training carries a risk, but again, why MX? F1 drivers spend a lot of their training in simulators or go-karts. What do rally drivers do? Basketball and football players - what are they doing? Maybe someone can explain that to me.

MX is insanely good to keep yourself in shape. One lap on a typical MX track and you will find muscles you never knew you had and it is 2wheeled so it keeps up with balance, rear tire steering and what it feels like when the bike gets loose. All of that is missing when you use 4wheels since the body is no longer part of the equation of going fast.

You know the nearer your destination
The more you're slip slidin' away.

Besides which MX exercises just about every damn muscle in your body and it's fun!

Sorry about the shoulder,but the head ? Talk about wrong turn.
Simmo's passing was tragic for sure. Paying respects and patching things up with his family was admirable,but cutting a patch as a token of one of your 'no love lost' arch rivals on your anatomy. Please.
Too much of a nice guy Dovi is.
As for off season injuries. No big deal. They happen.
Just hope he and Nick recover quick. In time for Sepang testing I hope.
Did I say Sepang ? Brings back 2011GP memories,for all the wrong reasons.

practice sliding the Kenny Roberts, Rich Oliver, Colin Edwards ( Colin opened a new school) way. Small bikes, no jumping. Could it be that MX is so much fun AND a good workout that the riders are reluctant to give it up? Could it be that sliding the smaller bikes is too much like work? I said once, I'll say it again: this is from Kenny: don't risk injury by using big dirt bike...

There's nothing like riding a 240+ horsepower MotoGP motorcycle... so finding something else to train on must be quite difficult and annoying for riders (like Hayden). I guess MX is the best option out there currently still. The Factories knowing this for many generations should have thought of producing something in-house, a long time ago, for their riders to train with during the testing bans of their RACE bikes! And yet, the factories are ready to point a gun at their riders when they get hurt while training! Like Stoner mentioned, the riders don't ever get the chance to ride the bikes unless it's a race weekend or official testing. Get well soon to Hayden/Dovi and whomever gets hurt next...

When Nicky leaves MotoGp think he'll skip the Superbike and Moto2 career dwindle down stages and go straight back to Mile and half Mile dirt track. He's itching for a mile win - the only type of dirt tack win to elude him so far. I'm sure that after a few less than stellar seasons fighting the Ducati, it probably just feels good to go fast on something familiar.

Having ridden both as I am sure a lot of you have, I gotta say i feel they are two completely different riding techniques. Therefore, I don't really see the great value in training on MX other than cardio, as a rearlier post mentioned. Way too dangerous considering the potential consequences. Mini motos or bicycles aren't the same either but are both vastly safer and still keep the head looking through turns and eyes hitting lines. Think the MX "training" is an excuse to have fun..period. Figure out a way to show up in one piece to do your job, you're not replaceable!

Tracy I think your right. Its just to much fun!

I think there's some great seat time in riding MX or dirt, and the variation in traction both front and back really helps dial in those instincts for the track. Frankly MX as some have mentioned is bloody dicey due to jumps and such. Better to go flat track or enduro riding.

But there is nothing that physically wrings me out faster than a MX track. But the risk is always there. I have taken myself out mid season with a dirt crash... Pissed the team manager off no end!