Lorenzo Savadori will miss the remainder of the Emilia Romagna Grand Prix weekend after sustaining a broken right collar bone as a result of an FP3 crash on Saturday morning.
Savadori was making his first appearance since having to pull out of the British GP at Silverstone following an ankle injury picked up in a fearsome crash at the Red Bull Ring in August.
The Italian was demoted to test rider duties after Aprilia elected to add Maverick Vinales-who was let go by Yamaha following the Styria GP-alongside Aleix Espargaro for the rest of the season, Savadori given two wildcard rides for the second Misano round as well as the next race at Portimao in a fortnight.
He crashed heavily at Turn 1 while trying to secure a spot in the pole shootout in the early stages of FP3, Savadori taken away to the medical centre for checks before later being diagnosed with a broken right collarbone.
Savadori’s injury though will force him to not only miss the rest of the Emilia Romagna GP event but also the Portuguese outing, effectively bringing his racing year to an end as he focuses on getting fit for pre-season testing as he continues as Aprilia’s main test rider for 2022.
The ex-World Superbike racer made his full-time premier class debut this season following the ban of Andrea Iannone for doping offences, though he struggled to get his head around the much stiffer chassis of a MotoGP prototype relative to that of a superbike, having scored the Italian Superbike Championship title with Aprilia last year.
He showed impressive speed in the wet as the softer set-up needed in these conditions allowed him to enjoy a feeling closer to that of a production-based superbike, having scored the seventh-quickest time at a soaked Misano in FP2 on Friday afternoon as well as grabbing a direct Q2 spot at the French GP due to an impressive second best time in FP3 at Le Mans.