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Valentino Rossi Injured In FP2 Crash At Mugello

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.

UPDATE 1

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.

Update 2:

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2010 Mugello 125cc FP2 Result - Espargaro, Terol And Marquez Top Morning Session

The setting may have been idyllic, but this morning's free practice session for the 125cc class turned into a hot-blooded affair, with four men battling for supremacy. Tuenti Derbi's Pol Espargaro ended up on top, but by the smallest of margins, edging out Bancaja Aspar's Nico Terol and Red Bull Ajo's Marc Marquez. Bradley Smith finished the session in 4th, just under half a second behind Espargaro.

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Mugello MotoGP - Friday Rider Debrief Roundup

Valentino Rossi put the fear of God into his rivals on the first day of practice at Mugello, leading the session almost from start to finish. He had spent Thursday explaining that his shoulder injury was worse than expected, and dampening expectations. There was no such thing on Friday afternoon, though, as Rossi smashed Casey Stoner's race lap record by over a quarter of a second.

The one question mark over that time was the fact that Rossi used a soft tire to set it, but Rossi thought the soft tires might actually last the entire race. Rossi intends to test that tomorrow, but even if the soft tires don't look like they'll last, the rest of the MotoGP field need to be worried, as the Fiat Yamaha rider was still faster than everyone else on the harder compound.

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2010 Mugello Moto2 FP1 Result - De Angelis Gets A Firm Grip

Alex de Angelis took a determined lead in the first session of free practice for the Moto2 class, the RSM Team Scot rider dominating for much of the session, leading by over a second for a large part of practice. De Angelis made good use of the new Ohlins suspension fitted to his GP210, as well as a thinner fairing, improving the aerodynamics and saving a total of 5 kg on the total bike weight

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2010 Mugello MotoGP FP1 Result - Rossi Lays Down The Law At Home

After spending Thursday complaining to the press at just how weak his shoulder is, Valentino Rossi came out swinging in FP1, dominating the session almost from start to finish. The Fiat Yamaha rider ended the day with a time of 1'49.751, over a quarter of a second under Casey Stoner's race record lap, set in 2008. Whether the complaints about his shoulder are genuine, or just sandbagging to keep his opponents off-guard, is hard to say until race day, when Rossi will have to do 23 laps of the Tuscan circuit, rather than just three or four in one go.

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2010 Mugello 125cc FP1 Result - Espargaro And Terol Battle For Supremacy

The first practice session of the day, run under sunny skies and in balmy conditions, kicked up most of the usual names at the top of the timesheets. As ever, it was Tuenti Derbi's Pol Espargaro who ended the day fastest, though he had to work for it, Bancaja Aspar's Nico Terol pushing his fellow Spaniard hard for the result. The two men finished just under six hundredths of a second apart.

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Mugello MotoGP - Thursday Rider Debrief Roundup

With the MotoGP paddock reconvened at Mugello - and it really is a stunning setting for a motorcycle race - the atmosphere is hectic and frenzied, and it's only just Thursday. There are many reasons for that atmosphere, but mostly, it comes down to two key facts: 1) We're in Italy, and 2) We're at Mugello.

Being in Italy means that some riders are on double duty, with Jorge Lorenzo and Andrea Dovizioso doing their usual press debriefs in addition to appearing at the press conference. The usual Thursday pre-event press conference was positively heaving, the room packed to the rafters and all seats taken, a change from most other Thursday conferences. It's not just that every Italian newspaper has sent extra journalists to the round, but journalists from around the world are seizing the opportunity to attend one of the most spectacular races of the year, and follow it up with a few days in Tuscany.

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Hungarian MotoGP Round Officially Canceled, Replaced By Motorland Aragon

The Hungarian round of MotoGP has been troubled from the start, and doubts have hung over it ever since the end of 2008, when it became clear that the Spanish/Hungarian construction conglomerate building the circuit was having trouble completing the track. The 2009 Hungarian round was first pushed back from the spring to September, before being canceled altogether, and the debut planned for September 2010.

Even that has proved too much, though. Rumors that the round would be canceled altogether emerged earlier this week, after the Hungarian Development Bank MFB refused to underwrite a loan over doubts over the financial viability of the project and allegations of corruption. Without that bank guarantee, the project was effectively dead in the water, and cancellation of the Hungarian round of MotoGP was just a matter of time.

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Riders For Health Auctioning Exclusive Paddock Passes For Every MotoGP Race

The one place that everyone wants to be at a MotoGP race is in the paddock. Simultaneously, it is one of the most difficult places to get into, as, quite simply, Dorna does not sell passes into the paddock. The usual way - other than in a professional capacity, or working as a marshal - is to purchase a VIP package through one of the very few specialist travel companies authorized to issue paddock passes, such as our friends over at Pole Position Travel.

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