Injured Bastianini changed by Petrucci for French MotoGP spherical
Bastianini broke a shoulder blade after VR46 Ducati rider Luca Marini collided with him within the Portuguese GP dash race.
The four-time race winner didn’t require surgical procedure on the harm, however was ordered to relaxation to permit his shoulder to heal. That compelled him out of the Argentina GP, whereas he was deemed unfit to race on the Americas GP in April.
Bastianini was cleared to return for the Spanish GP final weekend, however might solely full sooner or later of using.
Having been in vital ache throughout Friday follow at Jerez, Bastianini solely accomplished a handful of laps in Saturday’s FP3 earlier than electing to withdraw from the rest of the spherical.
With three weeks splitting the following spherical in France subsequent weekend and the Italian GP, Bastianini will sit out the Le Mans spherical to be prepared for his and Ducati’s residence occasion.
Bastianini’s continued absence means he has nonetheless solely accomplished one full racing lap as a manufacturing unit Ducati rider.
He can be changed at Le Mans by ex-Ducati MotoGP rider Petrucci.
The 32-year-old raced in MotoGP between 2012 and the tip of 2021, becoming a member of Ducati with Pramac in 2015.
Petrucci final raced for Ducati in 2020 earlier than shifting to KTM for 2021 and subsequently into superbikes
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The Italian was promoted to the manufacturing unit Ducati squad in 2019 to exchange triple MotoGP champion Jorge Lorenzo, and scored his first grand prix victory on the Italian GP that yr.
Petrucci gained for a second time at a moist French GP in 2020 earlier than shifting to KTM with Tech3.
A troublesome season led to Petrucci being deemed surplus to necessities by KTM, with the Italian embarking on a Dakar Rally marketing campaign with the Austrian model.
Perception: Inside Petrucci’s Dakar odyssey
Petrucci made historical past by changing into the primary rider in historical past to win a MotoGP race and a stage on the Dakar.
A full rally raid marketing campaign with KTM was meant to comply with Dakar however by no means materialised, with Petrucci shifting to the USA to race within the MotoAmerica Superbike Championship with Ducati.
Ending runner-up within the standings, Petrucci earned a transfer to World Superbikes with Ducati and Barni Racing. He at present sits eighth within the standings having scored a greatest results of fifth on the Indonesian spherical.
Petrucci made a one-off MotoGP look final season with Suzuki in Thailand as Joan Mir’s harm substitute, ending the race twentieth.
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