Movistar Yamaha Press Release: Valentino Rossi Recovering From Motocross Injury

The Movistar Yamaha team issued the following press release on Valentino Rossi's injury. A new updated is expected on Friday:


Movistar Yamaha MotoGP‘s Valentino Rossi is recovering from a motocross training accident that occurred on Thursday evening, May 25th.

Gerno di Lesmo (Italy), 25th May 2017

Movistar Yamaha MotoGP Team rider Valentino Rossi was involved in a motocross training accident at the Cross Club Cavallara in Mondavio (Pesaro Urbino, Italy), on Thursday, May 25th.

The 38-year-old Italian rider was taken to a local hospital for a medical check-up, where he was diagnosed with mild thoracic and abdominal trauma.

No fractures have been detected in any part of the body and no serious traumatic pathologies were found.

A further medical bulletin will be issued on Friday, 26th May, at 12:00 hrs CET.

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I've been reading through the reports of various Italian portals and they seem to characterise the incident as not a grave one. They do say that he will spend the night in the hospital as a precautionary measure.
I don't know if they're being speculative or just optimistic, but let's hope it's nothing serious and that he will be fit as a fiddle when Mugello comes along.

My gut feeling, based on years of interpreting press releases, is that Rossi is badly banged up, but will be passed fit to race at Mugello. It will be painful, but not impossible.

I'm pretty sure mild chest or ab trauma usually means from pain and bruising up to muscle tears. I'm probably wrong but hopefully he'll be relatively ok in a few days and it isn't a genuine injury. 

It's funny how so many people are quick to criticise riders for training on 'dangerous' forms of motorcycles. It seems strange to me that they only want them to push to the limit on the fastest, most difficult of bikes without keeping themselves sharp. Pushing to the limit is all about skill, after all. 

Reading the reports you sense that he is heavily bruised plus it seems he did sustain a head concussion.... both parents and brother rushed to his side at the hospital....which does not bode well. I just hope all is gonna be ok. The past ten days have been horrible enough.
Quick question David: it's clear that MX does not become Rossi. Every serious injury outside the official competition tracks happened during MX training... why does he keep doing it? I thought they had found an alternative form of training....

MX is a key part of training for the younger and often faster rivals. Can't fault him for adding it to his training regimen to find something extra and up his game.