Rossi injured in Motocross training accident

Valentino Rossi

RIMINI—Italian motorbike legend Valentino Rossi was rushed to hospital after injuring his stomach and chest during his Motocross training ahead of next weekend’s Italian MotoGP at Mugello.

The 38-year-old Yamaha rider suffered the injuries at the Cross Club Cavallara in Mondavio in the province of Marche.

After being admitted to a hospital in Rimini and diagnosed with “mild thoracic and abdominal trauma” Rossi was kept overnight under observation from the medical team.

The Movistar Yamaha racing team issued a statement regarding the rider’s injuries.

“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 is to be issued later on Friday.

The Italian rider, known as “the doctor” was accompanied by his family and a close friend to the hospital, after he had previously returned home after the accident.

Rossi currently lies third in the 2017 MotoGP standing and will be hoping for a swift recovery ahead of the next race in Mugello.

Spaniard Maverick Viñales leads the rankings with fellow countryman Dani Pedrosa in second.