Valentino Rossi has been taken to hospital after suffering a motocross accident while training in Italy. In a statement provided by Movistar Yamaha, it was confirmed that the nine-team world champion has been diagnosed with mild thoracic and abdominal trauma after the accident which occurred at the Cross Club Cavallara in Mondavio.
After the incident on Thursday, the 38-year-old taken to hospital where he was discovered to have suffered no broken bones. However, he will remain in hospital overnight for observation. A further update will be provided at 11am UK time on Friday.
The accident completes a dreadful week for the Italian after losing out on victory at Le Mans to Maverick Vinales following a crash on the final lap. He currently trails Vinales in the championship battle by 23 points. Rossi is scheduled to be back in action at his home Grand Prix, the Italian GP at Mugello, next weekend and it remains to be seen how much of an impact his injuries will have on the upcoming races. Rossi has been an ever-present in MotoGP since his injury-enforced absence in 2010.
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