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Valentino Rossi Has Successful Surgery on Broken Leg

Movistar Yamaha has updated the status of Valentino Rossi following his training accident yesterday. He underwent successful surgery on his broken leg last evening, and says he already feels good this morning.

The doctor who performed the surgery has been quoted stating Rossi will need “30 to 40 days rest” following his surgery. In light of this, Rossi will likely miss a minimum of two MotoGP races on the remaining 2017 calendar, effectively destroying his chances at another title this year.

Here is the latest press release from Rossi’s team:

Last night Movistar Yamaha MotoGP’s Valentino Rossi had a successful operation on the displaced fractures of the tibia and fibula of his right leg.

The MotoGP-star was hospitalised after an enduro accident yesterday evening.

Following a medical examination at the ‘Ospedale Civile di Urbino‘, where he was initially diagnosed, the Italian was transported to the ‘Azienda Ospedaliero-Universitaria Ospedali Riuniti‘ in Ancona.

Upon arrival, he received surgery between 2am – 3am by Dr. Raffaele Pascarella, Director of the Orthopedics and Traumatology Division. During the surgery the fractures were fixated using a metal pin – a locked intramedullary nail – without any complications.

Further medical updates will follow in due course.

Yamaha would like to thank the entire staff of the ‘Ospedale Civile di Urbino’ and ‘Ospedali Riuniti di Ancona’ for their dedication and professional care.

Valentino Rossi
Movistar Yamaha MotoGP Rider

The surgery went well. This morning, when I woke up, I felt already good. I would like to thank the staff of the Ospedali Riuniti in Ancona, and in particular Doctor Pascarella who operated on me. I’m very sorry for the incident. Now I want to be back on my bike as soon as possible. I will do my best to make it happen!

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  1. PatrickD says:

    Was The Doctor able to operate on himself?

  2. Don Medeiros says:

    I broke the same bones in the same leg. Letting it heal would take too long of a time. Plating is the only way an athlete would have it done. With hyperbolic chambers & who knows what, he could heal very quickly. He still isn’t THAT old for a REAL person & he is in GREAT shape. He will be back soon(I hope!)

  3. skortch says:

    In 2010 Rossi was out for about 6 weeks. If he were to have a similar recovery he might (in italics) be back for Motegi.

    However, every fracture is different (2010’s was compound), recovery can also vary a great deal, and he’s 7 years older now. Who knows? I hope he heals well and makes a wise choice about when to return. Skipping most or even the rest of 2017 and coming back fully healthy for 2018 would be fine by me.

    The season has lost some luster but it’s still a great battle for the championship. Go Dovi! Go Maverick! (And, yes, Dani still has an outside chance.)

    • Fivespeed302 says:

      Gonna have to hope for Maverick first, Zarco & Folger second & third. Of course the real competition is between Marquez & Dovi. Both are likeable guys on unbelievable machines. I’m looking forward to seeing what happens.

  4. Provologna says:

    Is there a bit of Steve McQueen in Rossi? Something about Rossi’s top image reminds me of Steve.

    Heal well and quick, VR46!

    • Doc says:

      Top image aside, Steve McQueen is, was the king of cool. Rossi is alot of things. Cool is not one of the them.

      • Fred M. says:

        Anyone who sees a notification of a ten second penalty on their pit board and then just pushes to win a GP500 race by 15.2 seconds is cool.

        In 2001, Rossi was elbowed out into the grass at Motegi by Biaggi. A lap later, he passed Biaggi and, in mid-corner going full-tilt on a GP500 bike, raised his left hand in the air and gave Biaggi the middle finger. He went on to win that race. That is cool.

        • Doc says:

          There is no doubt about his talent as a racer. But he has done a few things on track and made some comments that have taken away from his so called coolness. Used to be a big Rossi fan. Not so much anymore.

  5. Randy D. says:

    These road racers always think/hope they will be back racing sooner than they really can. We’ll see how things really happen this time. This is when you find out how much you really use that part of your body.

  6. Marc says:

    I guess I had the wrong doctor. Mine kept me off my bike for 3 months due to a fractured Fibula and broken toe. No pins, plates or cast were required. Using Rossi’s time line I should have been back on the bike after what? 3 days. He’s an Alien. I am a lowly mortal.

    • Brinskee says:

      Sometimes a total fracture heals more quickly than a hairline fracture.

    • guu says:

      What was it about the injury that kept you off the bike?

      With these athletes you have to realize that they can focus 100% on recovery and getting back on the bike (even if just for off-season training) is the absolute priority. Most regular folks don’t do it that way.

  7. Rennie says:

    Been down with injuries twice in 45 years. Bloody hurts. Rossi’s response makes me blush

  8. Joe from Canada says:

    Man, the worst possible news, I hope he has a quick recovery. I was really wishing a 10th championship for him, starting with a win in Italy!

  9. Vrooom says:

    All right, he’s got a week off to heal, that should do it (I kid). I’m gonna borrow one from a fellow MOron, “Go Rossi, end transmission”.

  10. dt 175 says:

    I wonder if his employer complains about paying for his health insurance…

    • Bart says:

      That “nail” likely retails for a couple thousand bucks!

      If it gets him back in the saddle this season, its worth it! I don’t want to see him go out this way, not his style.

  11. Norm G. says:

    re: “I’m very sorry for the incident. Now I want to be back on my bike as soon as possible.”

    see he’s apologizing to us, the dude’s a MACHINE i tell ya…!!!

    (and just when he gets a frame that let’s him BLITZ the field, the irony, the NATCORK)

  12. mickey says:

    fixated using a metal pin – a locked intramedullary nail

    Cool…Man the ones I have seen have plates and a hardware store of wood screw looking things sticking thru them at weird angles

    Heal quickly and completely Val. No sense rushing it though at this point. There is always next year.