MotoGP world champion Valentino Rossi has been diagnosed with 'minor injuries' after falling from his motocross bike.

The Italian, winner of the opening round of 2010 season last weekend in Qatar, was training on Thursday near Pesaro when he suffered the spill.

Feeling pain in his back on Friday morning, Rossi decided to go for a medical check, whereupon x-rays confirmed that the 31-year-old racing legend had suffered some bruising.

The Fiat Yamaha rider will thus be fit to defend his early championship lead in next weekend's Japanese Grand Prix.

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