Rossi spends night in hospital

Movistar Yamaha MotoGP rider Valentino Rossi was taken to hospital on Thursday after a training incident at the Cross Club Cavallara in Mondavio (Pesaro Urbino, Italy).

Rossi, a nine-time MotoGP champion was diagnosed with “mild thoracic and abdominal trauma” in a check-up, “No fractures have been detected in any part of the body and no serious traumatic pathologies were found,” said a Movistar Yamaha team spokesperson.

Nicknamed “The Doctor” he has previous history with Motocross injuries, in 2010 a shoulder injury nearly lost him the world championship to team-mate and rival Jorge Lorenzo. It is not yet know whether this will rule him out of the forthcoming GP in Italy.

Rossi’s motoring history

The 38-year-old Italian is just as comfortable on four wheels as he is on two, he tested the Ferrari Formula One car back in 2006 and was only half a second behind Michael Schumacher in the final day of testing in Valencia.

Also in 2006 Rossi competed in a World Rally Championship event in New Zealand where he drove a Subaru Impreza WRC04 finishing an impressive 11th out of 39, but his passion for MotoGP was strong and committed himself to staying with the Yamaha team for a further four years through to 2010.

It is thought that when he finally retires as a MotoGP rider he will move in to rallying, “There are not many changes in a man’s body between 22 and 34 so I still have some time left. I would consider shifting to cars, probably rallying, after that before I finally decide to take it easy … I know F1 would’ve been easier but by the time I finish MotoGP, I will be too old for F1.” Said Rossi in 2010.

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Italian GP

The accident comes ahead of a greatly important Italian GP at the Mugello ciruit next weekend, with first practice beginning on Friday. Currently sitting third in the Championship the Italian will not want to miss out on anymore points as an accident on the 27th lap ruled him out of the last race in France.

Movistar Yamaha team mate Maverick Vinales leads the drivers table ahead of Rossi by 23 points and has already stoked up the fires after Valentino claims he was cut up at Le Mans.

“I did not see it, but he cheated me a little bit by cutting the track,” said Rossi, who was handed a 0.5-second time penalty in Austin for cutting the track while battling Johann Zarco.

“I did a very fast lap – I think 1m32.3s – but he cut the track in sector three and caught back up to me when I had a little bit of advantage.

“If I passed the finish line four tenths ahead, maybe I would not have made the mistake. The rules however are like this, and in any case I still made the error.” Rossi said after the race.