MotoGP competitor Valentino Rossi had an endurance motocross accident, suffering displaced fractures of the tibia and fibula of his right leg. The accident is likely to rule the Italian out of his home GP at Misano World Circuit, a stones throw from his home town.
Following reports of the accident from Italy, it has now been confirmed that Rossi has suffered displaced fractures of the tibia and fibula of his right leg
The injuries have been sustained to the same leg that he previously broke in his high-speed practice crash at Mugello in 2010, putting him out of the sport for 41 days.
Rossi is currently in Urbino Hospital, with the surgery likely to happen today. It is understood that he was riding an enduro bike on a downhill section when the accident occurred.
Rossi’s father Graziano told ANSA: “Valentino is not optimistic. To do the radiograph they had to cut the boot, and Valentino told me he feels very bad.”
The 38-year-old, nine-time world champion is currently fourth in the MotoGP standings, having recently finished third at Silverstone.
His team issued the following statement: “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.”