Valentino Rossi took a nasty fall during Saturday’s practice at Mugello and fractured his right tibia.
Valentino Rossi’s 2010 MotoGP world title hopes disappeared today when he suffered a broken right leg in a huge high-side crash during final practice for his home race at the Mugello circuit in Italy this morning.
The reigning world champion was viciously thrown from his factory Yamaha YZR-M1 machine at the fast entry to the Biondetti chicane shortly before the approach to the final corner.
Rossi couldn’t even attempt to get to his feet as he immediately clutched his right leg in pain. TV pictures showed the 31-year-old grimacing in pain before he was carried away on a stretcher for further checks at the circuit’s medical center.
It has been confirmed that the nine-time World Champion has suffered a broken right tibia which means he will certainly miss the first British MotoGP race at Silverstone since 1986.
The Fiat Yamaha rider was lying in third-place on the timesheets when he crashed with a best time of 1.49.923, leaving him 0.251 seconds off the pace of teammate and world championship leader Jorge Lorenzo.
Rossi was already struggling for full fitness because of a slow recovery from a damaged right shoulder he suffered in a motocross training accident in April.
Rossi is currently undergoing an operation on his right leg after further checks at the Careggi Hospital Emergency Center in Florence.
Rossi is set to immediately undergo surgery on Saturday. This will be the first time that Rossi has missed a race in 231 races.
It was decided upon to operate immediately on the broken tibia (shinbone) that is likely to keep Rossi out of action until August.
Initial reports are that Rossi could miss the next six races and return for the Czech Republic GP at Brno on August 15. However, some sources are saying Rossi might even wait to return at his home race in Misano during early September with fears he could be sidelined for three months.
The injury will end Rossi’s proud record of never missing a race in his career which started way back in 1996. Tomorrow’s Italian MotoGP race will be the first time in 231 races that Rossi has not started.