Valentino Rossi has undergone a ‘successful’ operation on his fractured tibia and fibula in his right leg and reports he is already feeling better as he aims to return to racing ‘as soon as possible’.

The MotoGP title contender underwent surgery overnight to fixate the fractures using a metal pin, a locked intramedullary nail, and has woken up from the operation without any complications. Yamaha are yet to give a timeframe for his return, with  Rossi saying only he’ll aim to be back as quickly as he can.

The nine-time world champion was hospitalised after an enduro accident while training near his home last night.

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“The surgery went well,” Rossi said. “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!”

Rossi was absent from MotoGP for six weeks after a similar injury, and surgery, in 2010.

Full Yamaha medical update 1st September – 10:30

“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.”

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Well it's shaping up to be an amazing end [to a season, career or whatever], or it will all just fizzle out like a damp firework.  Take your pick. ;-)

Due to using a pin rather than being realigned to heal naturally, does he stand a chance of racing again sooner than we first thought when we heard the news yesterday? Or am I just being optimistic?

He'll be out for at least 6 weeks...that's if all goes well  :O(

He was out for 6 weeks last time, but that was with a broken leg. As this is a fracture, hopefully he might be fit to race sooner :)

Excuse my ignorance but, what's the difference between this injury and the one in 2010? I thought reports were claiming that it was a very similar injury?

It is quite similar, though last time it was an open fracture, meaning that the broken end of the tibia had broken through the skin as well. So that might take down the recovery time a bit this time, although he is a bit older now and that might compensate.

In 2010 it was a compound fracture, this time I have not seen any reports of it being a compound fracture but that's not to say it isn't,

There is no difference in a break and a fracture. Fracture is just the medical term for a break, 

I have added my comment to the Italian newspaper's facebook page but I will share mine here with you. I am gobsmacked, but that should be a lesson to all top riders/drivers. Kubika almost got his arm amputated after the rally accident, and that most likely ruined his career (although the rumour is now around his return to F1 with Renault). This is the last thing that Rossi needed. The question is, can they train by doing sports that minimise the risk of ending up with broken bones, or is this the only way for them to be at the top? Please don't mention Hayden's accident while he was cycling, because that was really an unfortunate event.

They are restricted in their MotoGP testing so they keep on form by riding 'dirt bikes' that can be loose both ends. A lot of riders do it and a lot of riders know the consequences. They still do it. That should answer your question.

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