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Injured Rossi Sits Out Jerez GP12 Test

Wednesday, October 5, 2011
Valentino Rossi: Its almost as if we didnt have practice today. This morning we only had one complete outing  which went pretty well. Then we had problems with both of the bikes  and I was left with the time that I did on my fourth lap. They were really just minor problems  but the fact is that we didnt ride anymore after the early minutes. - Mugello Practice 2011
Valentino Rossi will sit out the Jerez test due to injury; allowing teammate Nicky Hayden to get some seat time on the Ducati GP12.
Valentino Rossi’s fall in the Japanese Grand Prix on Sunday was not without consequences, although the initial examination suggested otherwise. Due to the severity of the pain and swelling in his left hand, the Italian on Tuesday underwent additional X-rays that revealed a hairlinef racture at the arthrodesis of the first and second phalanx (performed following a fall at Assen in 1995) of the pinky finger on his left hand. Rossi’s participation in the Australian Grand Prix on October 16 is not in doubt.

Tomorrow, Thursday 6 October, Nicky Hayden will test the GP12 at Jerez de la Frontera, Spain, using the last of eight days the team is allowed with the 2012 bike.

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