Formula One: Ducati's Pirro recovering after high-speed crash at Italian GP

Italian MotoGP test rider Michele Pirro (second from right) of the Ducati Team receives medical assistance after crashing during the free practice session at the Mugello circuit in Scarperia, central Italy, on June 1, 2018.
Italian MotoGP test rider Michele Pirro (second from right) of the Ducati Team receives medical assistance after crashing during the free practice session at the Mugello circuit in Scarperia, central Italy, on June 1, 2018.PHOTO: EPA-EFE

MILAN (AFP) - Italian Ducati rider Michele Pirro has been hospitalised after suffering a high-speed crash during the second free practice session at the Italian Grand Prix on Friday (June 1).

The 31-year-old lost control of his motorbike as he braked into Turn 1 while riding at about 350kmh, flying metres into the air before crashing onto the gravel and losing consciousness.

He was treated trackside and later transported by helicopter to the Careggi hospital in Florence for scans.

Ducati sporting director Paolo Ciabatti later said that Pirro was awake and alert.

"I spoke a few minutes ago with (Ducati team manager) Davide Tardozzi, who is in the medical centre," Ciabatti told Spanish TV channel Movistar.

"Apparently the situation is less serious than it looked before.

"Michele recognises people and can talk. He doesn't remember anything.

"He can move his legs and arms, but he could have a problem with the shoulder, so they are going to check it in a hospital in Florence with an MRI (scan) to make sure nothing is broken." Pirro, who is Ducati's designated test rider, was making a wildcard appearance in Mugello with the Italian manufacturer.