Bradley Smith has been cleared to compete in MotoGP's forthcoming Barcelona race despite suffering severe damage to his left hand and wrist in a Mugello crash.
The Briton cracked a bone in the scaphoid of his left wrist and also tore the skin of one finger down to the bone when his hand got caught under his bike following a practice high-side. Despite the injuries – and another heavy fall in the race morning warm-up – Smith was still able to compete at Mugello, finishing ninth.
He has confirmed he has also been passed fit to race in Barcelona on June 16, despite his finger injury being too severe for for doctors to carry out a planned skin graft.
"The good news is I will be fit to ride again at the next round at Barcelona," Smith told the official MotoGP website on Tuesday after visiting the Ospedale di San Marino clinic. "The bad news is I have a cracked bone in the scaphoid of my left wrist and the little finger on my left hand will be permanently bent.
"The doctors were unable to carry out the planned skin graft operation because the skin was so badly damaged around the little finger, but they are confident it will heal - as will the crack in the wrist."
Smith's injuries will be re-examined before Barcelona and the following Assen TT.