MotoGP championship leader Dani Pedrosa could miss Sunday’s German Grand Prix after crashing heavily during practice.
Pedrosa, 27, sat out qualifying with a small fracture to his collarbone, with fellow Spaniard Marc Marquez securing pole position at Sachsenring.
Marquez, 20, finished ahead of Cal Crutchlow, with Valentino Rossi third.
A MotoGP statement said: “It has been confirmed Pedrosa suffered a small collarbone fracture and will try to race if he feels fit enough.”
Pedrosa was airlifted to Chemnitz hospital after he came off his RCV on the first corner, 15 minutes into practice.
Light rain early in the session had sent the riders back to the pits, and they were just returning when Pedrosa came down, flying over the top of his Repsol Honda before landing heavily on his left shoulder.
His visor was torn off and he immediately reached for his left shoulder area before being taken to the medical centre.
Pedrosa later returned to the circuit and will start from 12th on the grid if he is fit enough to race on Sunday.