Valentino Rossi (Movistar Yamaha MotoGP) has extended his thanks for all the support he's been shown following his accident in training, and although he will miss the upcoming San Marino GP, has said he's already started physiotherapy - and that he's eager to get back on track as soon as possible. Here's what the rider from Tavullia had to say ahead of the paddock's arrival at Misano:
Valentino Rossi: "It's a big pity that I can't be at my home GP. For sure, I was really looking forward to the round in Misano, because riding in front of the fans there is something very special, but I have to treat the injury with care. I know the team is supporting me during the rehabilitation process. Fortunately I'm fine, I'm not too bad and I've already managed to start some light physiotherapy. The recovery time isn't short, but I will do everything I can to get back on track as soon as possible. I have to say thanks to everyone for the affection you have shown me during these days. See you soon!"
Update 18:30 CEST, Monday:
Movistar Yamaha have confirmed that Valentino Rossi will not be able to compete in the upcoming Gran Premio Tribul Mastercard di San Marino e della Riviera di Rimini after breaking his tibia and fibula in a training crash.
The Yamaha team will compete at Misano with Championship challenger Maverick Viñales as their sole rider.
Update 11:00AM CEST, Saturday:
Movistar Yamaha MotoGP‘s Valentino Rossi has been discharged from hospital after spending one night at the 'Azienda Ospedaliero-Universitaria Ospedali Riuniti' in Ancona. After receiving surgery on the fractures in his right leg, the Italian's condition improved enough for him to leave the hospital.
The nine-time World Champion had a good night‘s rest and felt well enough to return home at 10:00 AM, accompanied by his staff, where he will continue his recovery process.
Valentino Rossi: "I spent a good night, I slept, and this morning I felt good. The doctors visited me and they gave me the OK to go home, where I'll be able to rest even better. I will begin the rehabilitation as soon as possible and we‘ll see how my body reacts before making any decisions. I have to say "thanks" once again to all the staff of the ’Ospedali Riuniti‘ in Ancona, but also Urbino's First Aid and the 118 Service, as well as all the friends that came to visit me. As I said yesterday, I will do everything I can to get back as soon as possible."
Update 10:35AM CEST, Friday:
On Thursday night, Movistar Yamaha MotoGP‘s Valentino Rossi had a successful operation on the displaced fractures of the tibia and fibula of his right leg after an enduro accident the same evening.
Following a medical examination at the ’Ospedale Civile di Urbino', where he was initially diagnosed, the Italian was transported to the 'Azienda Ospedaliero-Universitaria Ospedali Riuniti' in Ancona. Upon arrival, he received surgery between 2am – 3am by Dr. Raffaele Pascarella, Director of the Orthopedics and Traumatology Division. During the surgery the fractures were fixated using a metal pin - a locked intramedullary nail - without any complications.
Further medical updates will follow in due course. Yamaha have extended their thanks to the entire staff of the 'Ospedale Civile di Urbino' and 'Ospedali Riuniti di Ancona' for their dedication and professional care.
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Valentino Rossi: "The surgery went well. This morning, when I woke up, I felt already good. I would like to thank the staff of the Ospedali Riuniti in Ancona, and in particular Doctor Pascarella who operated on me. I'm very sorry for the incident. Now I want to be back on my bike as soon as possible. I will do my best to make it happen!"
Update 12:15AM CEST, Friday:
Following an enduro training accident on Thursday, August 31st, nine-time World Champion Valentino Rossi (Movistar Yamaha MotoGP) was diagnosed with displaced fractures of the tibia and fibula of his right leg. The Italian will undergo surgery as soon as possible.
A further medical bulletin will be issued later on Friday morning, September 1st.
Valentino Rossi (Movistar Yamaha MotoGP) was involved in an enduro accident during training close to his hometown Tavullia on Thursday, August 31st.
The 38-year-old Italian rider was taken to the 'Ospedale Civile di Urbino' for a check-up. Movistar Yamaha will issue a further medical bulletin in due course.