Valentino Rossi's title defense looks to have suffered a severe setback at Mugello, as the 2009 World Champion had a big crash on Saturday morning. The Fiat Yamaha rider had a huge highside at the Biondetti chicane, being flicked off his M1 and onto the ground. He was stretchered off clutching his ankle, his right lower leg looking a very uncomfortable shape. No official word yet on the injury, but it looked to be very serious indeed. More news as it comes in.
Rossi is currently being examined in the Clinica Mobile for a suspected fractured right tibia, the shinbone or the larger of the two bones in the lower leg. Usually, and injury like that would require a number of weeks of recovery. If Rossi is unable to race on Sunday, it would be the first race he has missed in his career. But it is still uncertain whether he will be able to race or not. More updates as we get them.