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Valentino Rossi hospitalised after MX training crash

 

Movistar Yamaha MotoGP rider Valentino Rossi was involved in a motocross training accident at the Cavallara MX track in Pesaro Urbino, near his home town of Tavulia, on Thursday.

The 38-year-old Italian rider was taken to a local hospital for a medical check-up where he was diagnosed with mild thoracic and abdominal trauma – translation: injuries to the chest and stomach area. No fractures have been detected in any part of the body and no serious traumatic pathologies were found, although Italian sources said that he did spend the night in the Rimini hospital for observation. Whether this is just a precaution, given Rossi’s high status in the area and all of Italy, or for genuine concerns remains unknown.

MX training is an excellent form of work out for MotoGP riders. It offers not only a massive all-body physical workout but helps the rider hone in his motorcycle skills. The drawback is of course is that it is extremely dangerous, as is evident by the surgery scars all over any professional motocross rider;s body.

Rossi knows this too well. In 2010 he suffered a shoulder injury, tearing various ligaments, that crippled him for most of the season. When he finally underwent surgery at the end of the year, the surgeon exclaimed that he wasn’t sure how Rossi had managed to ride as he did with it.

The Cavallara track is also one of the more tricky circuits, with many steep jumps that propel the rider high and onto another steep landing. It is one of those tracks that you either hit hard or not at all. After 2010 Rossi began flat track riding, as is evident by the famous VR46 Ranch that hosts the VR46 Academy. At what point he began returning to the MX track is unknown, however he might want to reconsider it in the future.

A further medical bulletin will be issued today at 12:00 hrs CET. Hopefully we will know the extent of the injuries and whether he will be able to ride at his home round at Mugello next weekend. Rossi is currently third in the championship, 23 points behind his team mate Maverick Vinales who, as we reported yesterday, is coming to South Africa in December.

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