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Worse than previously thought - Dovizioso

Andrea Dovizioso will undergo further medical tests after suffering with neck pain during last week's Jerez test.

The new factory Ducati rider was in action at the Spanish circuit last Wednesday but completed just three laps before the pain sidelined him.

Dovizioso spent the rest of that day in a neck brace while his teammate Nicky Hayden put in the miles.

The 26-year-old failed to contest the final two days at the Jerez circuit.

"It's a shame about the problem with my neck," said the Italian.

"It's something I had experienced at the GP in Malaysia, where I crashed twice, and in Australia, where I crashed once, and both times I had physiotherapy treatments and anti-inflammatory medicine.

"It re-emerged last week two days after a crash on my motocross bike, but the same treatment worked and I felt fine when I came to Jerez for the test.

"Unfortunately, it happened again after just a few laps, and this time we weren't able to resolve it with physio and anti-inflammatories."

As a result, the Italian will now seek a different course of treatment for the problem.

"It seems that the problem is probably bigger than we had previously thought," he said. "I'll have to undergo some further medical tests."


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