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Anatomy Of A Crash - How Valentino Rossi Ended Up Breaking His Leg

Valentino Rossi has an incredible record in MotoGP. The Italian legend has 230 consecutive race starts, and has never missed a Grand Prix in his career. He has crashed many times, yet never broken a major bone in his body. His worst injury coming at Assen in 2006, where he fractured a wrist.

His luck had to run out some time, and Saturday morning at Mugello turned out to be that time. So how did it happen? How did a rider of Rossi's extraordinary experience, indisputable talent and seemingly endless luck manage to crash so heavily, and hurt himself so badly? Below is an outline of what we know, assembled from information from various sources inside the paddock at Mugello.

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Yamaha Press Release: Rossi's Surgery Successful

From an official Yamaha press release:

ROSSI UNDERGOES SUCCESSFUL SURGERY IN FLORENCE 

Valentino Rossi underwent a successful operation at the Centro Traumatologico Ortopedico in Florence, Italy this afternoon to repair his fractured right tibia. The injury was sustained when he crashed in practice for the Italian Grand Prix at Mugello this morning.

He was operated on by Dr. Roberto Buzzi of the CTO, assisted by Dr. Claudio Costa of the Clinica Mobile. Dr. Buzzi made the following statement following the 2.5 hour operation:

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2010 Mugello MotoGP Qualifying Practice Result - Two Men Battle Over Pole

Results and summary of qualifying for the MotoGP class at Mugello:

Dani Pedrosa will start tomorrow's Italian Grand Prix from pole tomorrow, the Repsol Honda rider's second of the season. Pedrosa had only one serious rival for pole, lone Fiat Yamaha rider Jorge Lorenzo. Lorenzo looked to have clinched pole with 11 minutes to go, but Pedrosa pipped him in the final seconds.

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2010 Mugello Moto2 FP2 Result - Gadea Leads Luthi And Iannone

Amidst all the excitement of Valentino Rossi's leg-breaking crash at Mugello, the second session of free practice for the Moto2 class went almost unnoticed. Despite the attention of the world being elsewhere, Sergio Gadea set the fastest time on the Tenerife Pons Kalex bike, beating out Interwetten Moriwaki's Thomas Luthi and the FIMMCO Speed Up team's Andrea Iannone.

Results:

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Valentino Rossi Out Of Mugello MotoGP, Likely To Miss Four Races - Updated

Valentino Rossi has been ruled out of his home Grand Prix at Mugello with a fractured tibia, and is likely to miss at least the next four races. The Italian suffered a vicious highside at the fast Biondetti left-right flick, being thrown off his bike and cracking his shinbone. He was taken to the Clinica Mobile where he was diagnosed with a fractured tibia, and then flown immediately to hospital in Florence for surgery.

The fracture is open, and has punctured the skin, and surgery is to be performed this afternoon to pin the bones and seal the skin. The surgery is to be performed by Dr Roberto Uzzi at the CTO Firenze hospital in Florence.

According to Claudio Macchiagodena of the Clinica Mobile, a normal person would require three months to recover, but racers with similar accidents have been back on track after 40 days. Both Toni Elias (at Assen) and Max Sabbatani (also here at Mugello) suffered similar injuries, and were back within 6 weeks.

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2010 Mugello MotoGP FP2 Result - Lorenzo Fastest, Rossi Crashes Badly

Jorge Lorenzo was fastest in this morning's free practice session, after an eventful and action-packed session. The Spaniard dominated the second half of the session, eventually putting in a scorching lap three quarters of a second under Casey Stoner's fastest race lap from 2008. Lorenzo finished the session ahead of a pair of Repsol Hondas, Andrea Dovizioso edging out his teammate Dani Pedrosa.

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