The Italian MotoGP star has broken his right leg in a training crash and has been transported to hospital for surgery.
The MotoGP championship hopes of Valentino Rossi, Yamaha and VR46 fans across the world have been dashed with news that the thirty-eight year-old Italian rider fell from his enduro bike during training with youngsters from his VR46 academy.
Reports from the scene immediately suggested that the break was a serious one and that after being transported to the local hospital in Urbino, he had been scheduled to undergo surgery to repair both the tibia and fibula of his right leg.
The first official word from Yamaha was light on details and only stated that he has been taken to Ospedale Civile di Urbino for a ‘check-up’.
However a later release confirmed that the injury was indeed a series of displaced fractures of the tibia and fibula of his right leg and that he would be undergoing surgery.
This is the second injury for Rossi this year due to off-road bike accident; earlier this season he suffered bruised, soft-tissue that at the time was thought to be serious enough for him to consider missing the Mugello GP – although he did race just ten days later.
With the breaks to his right leg being confirmed and taking into account that his last recovery from a leg break took over six weeks, it’s certain that he’ll at least miss the Grand Prix in Misano, and with it any chance that he may have had for securing his tenth world title.
ROSSI UNDERGOES MEDICAL EXAMINATION AFTER ENDURO TRAINING ACCIDENT
Movistar Yamaha MotoGP‘s Valentino Rossi was taken to hospital following an enduro incident that occurred on Thursday evening, August 31st.
Urbino (Italy), 31st August 2017
Movistar Yamaha MotoGP Team rider Valentino Rossi was involved in an enduro accident, during a training activity close to his hometown, on Thursday, August 31st.
The 38-year-old Italian rider was taken to the ‘Ospedale Civile di Urbino’ for a check-up.
A further medical bulletin will be issued in due course.
UPDATE: 00:10 BST
Following an enduro training accident on Thursday, August 31st, Movistar Yamaha MotoGP star Valentino Rossi was diagnosed with displaced fractures of the tibia and fibula of his right leg.
The 38-year-old Italian rider will undergo surgery as soon as possible.
A further medical bulletin will be issued later on Friday morning, Sept 1st.