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2006 In Review: Big crash for Rossi at Assen

2006 In Review: Big crash for Rossi at Assen

2006 In Review: Big crash for Rossi at Assen

Following on from a crash at Catalunya which left a number of riders walking wounded, the first practice session of the TT Assen saw another injury thrust the race wide open. Valentino Rossi suffered a hard crash, one which he described as the worst he'd ever experienced, and was rushed to the Clinica Mobile. Diagnosed with a fractured wrist and ankle, the Camel Yamaha rider eventually decided that the show would go on and started from 18th on the grid. In a tremendous show of courage, the Italian finished eighth, earning valuable points.

Mechanics modified the brake levers on the M1, and a series of injections, icings-down and strappings eased some of the pain, but the hectic schedule meant that full recovery would be unthinkable for the British Grand Prix. So, just days later at Donington Park, it was a still-tender Rossi who took podium from 11th on the grid, showing his true class.

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MotoGP, 2006, Valentino Rossi

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