Loris Capirossi's manager Carlos Pernet believes that his rider only has a 50-50 chance of being fit for Saturday's Dutch TT, after struggling with breathing problems on the opening day at Assen.
The full extent of Capirossi's chest injuries, sustained during the six-rider turn one accident at Barcelona last Sunday (top picture), only became fully apparent once the Ducati Marlboro rider was out on track today.
After struggling in this morning's session, the Italian underwent mesotherapy pain treatment for the afternoon outing - but even that wasn't enough and it remains to be seen if the current championship number two can race.
"I'm not feeling at all good," confessed Loris, who set the 16th fastest Thursday time, 2.5secs from the top. "I didn't expect to feel so much pain and to find it so difficult to ride the bike. Once I started riding I realised the situation was much more difficult than we had expected. If the race was today there would be no way I could do it. My chest is very painful and although the mesotherapy and physio that the Clinica Mobile has given me has helped, it doesn't solve the problem. My intention is to ride tomorrow but maybe I will need more pain-killers. The race will be really hard but I won't give up. Now I am going to see Dr Costa in the Clinica to see what we can to do improve the situation."
Meanwhile, team-mate Sete Gibernau left Barcelona's Dexeus hospital at 12.15 today, following Tuesday's operation to plate his broken left collarbone sustained in the same accident. On Monday the Spaniard will begin rehabilitation and resume training with trainer Daniel Sune.
With Gibernau absent, Pramac d'Antin rider Alex Hofmann has been handed a dream factory Ducati ride for Assen - and got to grips with his new equipment by setting the 15th fastest day one lap time around the heavily revised circuit.
"I need all the time I can get to get used to my new machine package, so it was tough losing so much time to rain this morning," said the German. "Today I worked at regaining my feeling for Bridgestone tyres and we also worked on ignition mapping and other aspects of set-up. I probably only started to feel really okay during my last three laps this afternoon, I was starting to get into it, enjoy it and feel comfortable on the bike, but I still need more time to feel fully at home. I worked with Bridgestone in 2004 and 2005, so it's great to work with them again and to see how they've progressed.
"We started today with Sete's set-up but we're looking for some easier handling because the new Assen is so different to the old layout. I was such a fan of the old track that the new circuit is a big loss to me. Anyway, my aim is to keep getting stronger and keep progressing all the way to the last lap on Saturday," he declared.