Moto2: No brain damage for Locatelli

Doctors looking after injured 250cc rider Roberto Locatelli are satisfied that the Italian has suffered no brain damage from his horrific Jerez practice accident, despite discovering new minor injuries yesterday

Locatelli was transferred to the Bellaria de Bologna Medical Centre earlier this week, as moves are made to slowly bring him out of his induced coma.

Clinica Mobile's Dr. Claudio Costa has said that a third CAT scan conducted on Wednesday was positive.

"The tests have confirmed an improvement of his condition, although a contusion in the thorax has been detected which affects the left lung, plus a fracture of the tibia and the fibula just below the right knee and some related ligament damage," Costa was quoted as saying by MotoGP's official website.

"However these injuries do not require surgery. With regard to the surgery on the left ankle undertaken in Cadiz, we believe that no further medical intervention will be required on the injury.

"From this point, the medical procedure will be to bring Roberto out of his pharmacologically induced coma and to assess his general state.

"He will require a subsequent facial examination to further evaluate the numerous fractures he has, but doctor Roberto Cocchi has advised us that that he will only require minimal surgery in that area."

MotoGP organisers have begun an investigation into the cause of Locatelli's accident.


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