Yamaha has issued the following update, confirming that MotoGP title contender Valentino Rossi has broken his right leg and will undergo surgery:

"Following an enduro training accident on Thursday, August 31st, Movistar Yamaha MotoGP star Valentino Rossi was diagnosed with displaced fractures of the tibia and fibula of his right leg.

"The 38-year-old Italian rider will undergo surgery as soon as possible.

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"A further medical bulletin will be issued later on Friday morning, Sept 1st."

Rossi suffered a displaced fracture of the same right tibia during practice for the 2010 Italian Grand Prix at Mugello, after which he also underwent surgery and was absent from MotoGP for six weeks.

The Italian - who rode with stomach and chest injuries following a motocross training accident just before this year's Mugello round - is currently fourth in the world championship, 26 points Andrea Dovizioso with six rounds to go.

Rossi has one win and five podiums so far this season, the latest being a third place at Silverstone, where he led for much of the race.

The next event is Rossi's home round at Misano, next weekend.

The serious nature of the leg fractures described by Movistar Yamaha point towards Rossi missing multiple races, as in 2010.

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This is a bummer, he was in the hunt but knowing VR's determination he will try to ride as soon as he can.

Ugh. Stay off the dirt bikes Vale. You're not a kid anymore. The head of MotoGP must have just crapped himself.

There goes Vales season. 2/3rds of the way through and he ends it on an enduro. Didn't he "give up" motocrossing? It really wasn't worth it and there's not much difference between "motocrossing" and "enduroing".

Once again a motogp racer breaks bones on a motocross bike jump... 

Displaced fractures of both the shin and calf bones indicates a heavy impact and the accident must have been very painful for him. Unfortunately, healing takes longer at his age, so I wouldn't be surprised if he misses several rounds. Bad news for the championship and for his title hopes.

Two words: Hyperbaric chamber.

Plating it will heal faster, rather than inserting a rod to fix the bones. Bummer for the championship, but this season is going very strange. Maverick who looked the man to beat but saw his dominance changed, Marquez taken a massive blow with the engine failure which isn't really a Honda thing after really strong races, Dovi turning into a real threat and Rossi who gained momentum after his Assen victory and together with Maverick was looking stronger again at Silverstone after the lack of grip in the second half of the race. If Rossi could win Misano, will be a big question mark. Too bad that these things happens and is ruining the championship and that it didn't need to happen...

Yeah... its a shame that a rider like him is out when it was about to get really interesting and its due to a enduro accident... really...

Damn it!!!!

Someone please hide his remaining dirt bikes while he is in recovery.

What the F is wrong with Rossi and Misano, it's his home track and only brings bad luck.

A broken leg in 2010 leading the championship, a mix up entering the boxes 2 years ago with 100k+ people waiting for his win, a blown engine last year when he was the quickest man in circus, and now again gonna miss it for a broken leg :S

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