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GP Week : Issue 68
gon PRAMAC Ducati rider Niccolò Canepa is a doubtful starter for next week's Malaysian GP, after suffering painful injuries in a high- speed crash at Phillip Island's daunting first corner. He fell during Friday's first practice at almost 124 mph, and by the time he was tumbling through the gravel trap the slide on the tarmac had already worn through the right sleeve of his leathers and given him an extensive flesh wound. He was able to walk away, clutching his injured arm. "I feel a lot of pain from the shoulder to the hand, but it seems like nothing is broken," he said, after returning to the track on Sunday, with a fresh skin graft (taken from his leg) on the wound. On Monday, the Melbourne doctors who performed the operation will check to see if he will be able to race in Malaysia next Sunday, but the prognosis was not promising, and the Pramac team had already contacted Aleix Espargaro to be on stand-by to fly to Kuala Lumpur. Espargaro, older brother of rising 125 star Pol, rode for the team already while Kallio was away substituting for Stoner at the factory team, and strong performances for a rookie (13th at Indianapolis and 11th at Misano) impressed the team enough to sign him up to ride alongside Kallio next season. Espargo in the wings as Canepa crashes Champion-elect repeats Ducati denials adow of tragedy Moto GP news >> 13