The Movistar Yamaha team has updated us on Valentino Rossi’s condition, as the MotoGP underwent surgery on his right leg earlier today.
Rossi was first examined at the Ospedale Civile di Urbino, where he was initially diagnosed, then he was transferred to the Azienda Ospedaliero-Universitaria Ospedali Riuniti in Ancona, where the surgery was performed.
The team reports that the operation was a success, and that the doctors implanted metal pins (locking intramedullary nails, to be precise) into Rossi’s leg to hold the bones together.
“The surgery went well. This morning, when I woke up, I felt already good,” said Valentino Rossi in a press statement. “I would like to thank the staff of the Ospedali Riuniti in Ancona, and in particular Doctor Pascarella who operated on me.”
“I’m very sorry for the incident. Now I want to be back on my bike as soon as possible. I will do my best to make it happen!”
It is not clear how long Valentino Rossi will be on the sidelines for the rest of this year’s MotoGP season, though his championship hopes have certainly been dashed.
For those just catching the news, Rossi was diagnosed with a displaced fracture of his tibia and fibula bones on his right leg, the same leg he broke at Mugello in 2010.
The incident occurred on Thursday, while Rossi was training with his VR46 Riders Academy, riding off-road with enduro motorcycles.
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