The reigning MotoGP champion, Valentino Rossi, will be missing the rest of the Italian Grand Prix at Mugello. Rossi took a fall during the final free practice session at his home track, and fractured his right tibia.
This will be the first time in Rossi's career that he will not participate in his home GP at Mugello, and only the second time that he will not win. Rossi had finally recovered from an injury sustained earlier in the season, and was looking to reclaim his throne from Casey Stoner at Mugello. As of now, his recovery time is not known.
Rossi fell on turn 13, as his M1 highsided and threw him off of the motorcycle. Rossi was taken off of the track on a stretcher to the medical center. X-rays confirmed a displaced and exposed fracture to his right tibia.
“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,” Doctor Macchiagodena of the Mobile Clinic told MotoGP.com.
“It is serious, it could be a couple of months, but it is too early to say just yet. He remained calm, but having seen the images he could already see it was a nasty fall.”
MotoGP.com has a video of the crash.