|The Italian’s 1199 ended up on fire on Friday…
Photo: Alstare Ducati
Team Alstare Ducati’s Ayrton Badovini will miss at least the first day of official WSB testing at Philip Island tomorrow after a crash during private testing last week put him in hospital.
Alstare Ducati new boy Badovini highsided at Philip Island’s famous Lukey Heights on Friday, the bike ending up in flames and Badovini having to be air-lifted to hospital with suspected rib and knee injuries.
Alstare revealed on their Facebook page on Friday night that the rider was OK and said they expected him to ride on Monday: “Ayrton is fine! He had a big crash this morning and was transferred by helicopter to Melbourne. After thousands of tests doctors said he was a lucky and strong boy! He Will be back tomorrow at Philip Island to rest and on track on Monday for official test session! He was in a fast lap when he lost the back and he did a highside at 180 kph. As for Carlos, he went out of hospital this afternoon and ate for first time for three days. Hopefully he Will be back on track on Monday as well. Unlucky days but we keep working hard!”
However today, the team run by Francis Batta have confirmed the Italian will not ride on Monday: “Ayrton won’t be on track tomorrow. He must rest some more days. He was better today but he still has much pain. He thanks you all guys for supporting him with messages!!
Carlos is fine and ready for tomorrow!“
Checa missed both days of private testing due to being hospitalised by a stomach bug, he will make his debut in Alstare colours tomorrow.
The World Superbike Championship kicks off on Friday from the Australian circuit, there will be two days testing tomorrow and Tuesday prior to this.