Valentino Rossi Suffers Injuries in MX Training Crash

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Valentino Rossi has suffered slight injuries to his liver and kidneys after crashing an MX bike while training. The Italian had been practicing at the Cross Park Cavallara, near Pesaro, where he crashed his motocross bike. 

The crash was severe enough to cause chest and abdominal trauma, so Rossi was taken to the emergency room at Rimini hospital, where he currently remains.

Thankfully though, the nine-time world champion appears to have emerged from his motocross accident relatively unscathed.

The Movistar Yamaha team today issued a press release with a medical update, stating that the Italian has pain from his injured liver and kidneys, and that he is currently receiving pain relief medication, and is due to undergo further routine medical checks.

If those checks go as expected, he should be released from hospital later on Friday.

The press release does not mention Rossi’s participation in the Italian Grand Prix at Mugello next weekend. However, with a week until first practice starts, there is plenty of time to make a decision on that.

A photograph taken by the nursing staff with Rossi at Rimini Hospital, and published by local website Rimini Today suggests Rossi is looking and feeling well. That bodes well for Mugello.

It is unusual for Rossi to suffer a motocross accident. The Italian had almost completely abandoned riding MX after the severe shoulder injury he picked up on an MX bike at the start of the 2010 season.

It took surgery and an extensive recovery period at the end of that year before he was back to full fitness, though by that time, he was well into his two-year period in the wilderness with Ducati.

Since then, Rossi has turned his attention to dirt track. The Italian has had a special facility built in the hills near his home in Tavullia, containing a variety of tracks with a mixture of turns.

The idea was to train specific riding skills, and the track has helped him adapt to the demands of a modern MotoGP bike with huge success.

But, it was also built to help him avoid the types of injury which can occur on a motocross bike, especially when crashing over jumps. Whether that is how he injured himself on Thursday is unclear.

Source: Movistar Yamaha

This article was originally published on MotoMatters, and is republished here on Asphalt & Rubber with permission by the author.