Injuries and illness are taking their toll at Valencia this morning, with the results of various crashes over the past two days starting to tell on the riders. Chaz Davies has been forced to pull out of Sunday's race, with his crash towards the end of qualifying causing a suspected cracked scaphoid to add to his cracked fingertips from an earlier crash. Davies' withdrawal means the end to his current MotoGP career, as the Welshman will be returning to the AMA for next season.
Valentino Rossi was out during the warmup, and looks probable to try and take part in the race. Though he may well be riding, he certainly won't be competitive, as The Doctor was lapping some 2.6 seconds off the pace during the warm up session. Rossi will be concentrating on extending his streak of races competed, never having missed a race in his career, and in trying to secure 2nd place in the Championship. To do this, all he needs to do is score a single point to stay ahead of Dani Pedrosa, and with a reduced field, his chances are looking good.
Carlos Checa is the other rider who could be helping Rossi to gain points, as the Spanish veteran is still suffering with a mystery illness. Internal scans have failed to turn up the problem, despite Checa being kept in hospital overnight on both Friday and Saturday night. Checa failed to take part in this morning's warmup, and is looking doubtful for the race.