MotoGP legend Valentino Rossi has been placed in hospital following a motocross accident with fractures of the tibia and fibula in his right leg.
It is believed he suffered the injuries while riding an enduro bike on a downhill section, where the incident occurred.
Rossi is currently in Urbino Hospital, only a couple minutes away from the San Marino circuit where he was scheduled to start the next round of the MotoGP World Championship.
Considering his current state, and the proof of history, Rossi is in doubt for the San Marino Grand Prix which takes place in just 10-days time.
The injuries he has sustained are to the same leg that he previously broke at Mugello back in 2010 after a high speed crash in practice.
That crash put him out of the sport for 41-days. If the case is similar for his most recent incident, it means he will only rejoin the championship for the Japanese Grand Prix on the 15th of October, missing two rounds.
The 38-year old Italian rider currently sits fourth in the MotoGP standings after his third place finish at Silverstone last weekend.
The following statement was released by his Yamaha team; “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.”
Remarkably, this is not the first time in 2017 that he has been injured in a motocross crash – suffering minor chest pains in May.
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