Valentino Rossi fractured his right shin bone in a crash during practice Saturday on Rome’s Mugello track ahead of the Italian Grand Prix.
June 5, 2010 – (Motor Sports Newswire) – Rossi, who is second in the MotoGP riders’ standings, waved as he was moved on to a stretcher before being taken to the track’s medical center for an x-ray that confirmed he had a displaced and exposed fracture of his right tibia.
Later he was flown to Florence’s Careggi medical center by helicopter and said “Ciao” when he was taken out of the ambulance. He was then taken to the hospital’s orthopaedic trauma center.
Rossi has a “very ugly fracture, with the bone exposed,” said Dr. Claudio Costa, head of the Mugello medical facility where the rider was first treated.
Dr Claudio Macchiagodena, the MotoGP medical director, told the competition’s website; “It’s an injury more serious than we thought, because it’s an exposed fracture with the bone protruding from the skin. We have reduced the fracture, which fortunately has not affected any blood vessels or nerves.
“It is serious, it could be a couple of months, but it is too early to say just yet,” he said.
The nine-time world champion was being prepared for surgery Saturday afternoon to have a pin and four screws inserted in his leg, Costa said. Although doctors were worried that the broken bone, protruding through the flesh, might have damaged veins, Rossi suffered no other injuries in the crash, Costa said.
Reports said that Rossi lost control of his Yamaha while changing direction between two curves at turn 13 on his second practice run. He was flipped in the air and landed hard on his right leg.
Rossi’s father Graziano Rossi said the family wasn’t yet sure how long his recovery would take.
“He was in a lot of pain for 20 minutes, but now he will have all the time necessary to recover. He needs to recover fully before returning. It could be one month, it could be five, it isn’t important. He is in no rush.”
He managed to get up but was gripping his right calf.
It will be the first time that Rossi has not competed in his home Grand Prix, a race he has won nine times. It also ends his record run of 230 successive MotoGP races since his debut in the 125cc class at the 1996 Malaysian Grand Prix.
Dani Pedrosa, The Repsol Honda rider claimed his second pole of the season – and 15th of his career – with a time of one minute 48.819 seconds.
That was good enough to edge Rossi’s team-mate Jorge Lorenzo into second place by just 0.177secs, although the in-form Spaniard will fancy his chances of claiming a third successive victory.
Lorenzo leads the way in the riders’ standings by nine points from the stricken Rossi, and the title is arguably already his to lose with his nearest rival set to miss up to eight races following today’s events.
SOURCE: Telegraph Media Group