Ill fortune has once again befallen Valentino Rossi in the off season. According to reports on GPOne.com, the multiple world champion was rushed to hospital in Pesaro last night with severe abdominal pains. The reports further state that tests showed Rossi to be suffering from a serious inflammation of the appendix. Doctors treating Rossi decided that emergency surgery was not necessary, and the Italian was sent home to rest.
According to GPOne.com, the problem will not require surgery to remove Rossi's appendix, but will be treated using a course of rest and antibiotics. This seems a highly unusual step, as appendicitis - especially acute appendicitis - always involves surgery, invariably removing the mysterious organ to avoid further complication. The risk of infection from an inflamed appendix is great, and commonly leads to peritonitis which can be fatal. The minor risk from surgery hugely outweighs the major risk of leaving an infected appendix in place.
Whether operated on or not, the health problem is a major setback for Rossi. The Italian is almost certainly likely to miss out on the test in the Ferrari Formula One car scheduled to take place at Barcelona next week, and the situation could endanger Rossi's participation in the first of the two tests at Sepang, scheduled for February 3rd through 5th. Given the extremely limited testing this year, the cost of missing a test has been seriously raised.
Rossi suffered similar misfortune during last year's off season, when he tripped over at home, smashing a glass table and severely cutting his foot. Rossi's luck may be legendary on the track, it seems to run out during the winter.
MotoMatters.com is currently awaiting a response to our inquiries for further information from the Fiat Yamaha team concerning the situation. We shall bring more news as and when we learn it.