Movistar Yamaha has officially confirmed that Valentino Rossi will not compete in his home MotoGP round at Misano, due to leg fractures suffered in last week's training accident, for which he required surgery.

The team also announced that the Italian will not be replaced, meaning Maverick Vinales will be their only rider this weekend.

"The whole of Yamaha wishes Valentino Rossi a speedy recovery and hopes to see him back on his YZR-M1 as soon as possible," the statement added.

Doctors predict Rossi will need 30-40 days before returning to MotoGP action. That would mean missing Misano and Aragon before a comeback at Motegi. But much depends on the speed of Rossi's recovery and Aragon (22 days) remains a possibility...

Factory test rider Katsuyuki Nakasuga would be an obvious replacement, should the nine-time world champion not ride in Aragon. Nakasuga's Suzuka team-mate and Yamaha WorldSBK star Alex Lowes also has recent MotoGP experience from stand-in rides last year, but would need permission from Yamaha Europe.

Rossi is currently 26 points from Ducati's title leader Andrea Dovizioso. Vinales is third in the standings, 13 points from the Ducati rider.


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Why no Nakasuga ?

Yamaha has only losing options if Nakasuga rides.

If he does poorly, it is worthless.

If he does well, questions will be asked whether the replaced rider is that special.

The only positive outcome would be an average race to finish 10th, and get some data. Championship-wise Yamaha has 3 fast riders anyway. Only the highest ranked rider from a constructor gets points anyway.

Your forgetting one of the other reason factories go racing - visibility and sponsorship. Cameras following Nakasuga riding is more TV time for sponsors...

Nakasuga have race in MFJ Superbike at Autopolis 9th-10th Sep.

Damn, was looking forward to seeing Nakasuga again.

I'll have to wait till Motegi now and the usual annual embarassment of the Honda test riders...

As much as I'd like to see VdM on a MotoGP bike, Alex Lowes should've got the nod here (being ahead in the WSB points table).

Although to get more points in one Sunday than his brother has mananged in 10 races might make things somewhat awkward.

zarco should be the replacement for rossi

dont think tech 3 would release their star rider for a rival team...

This is Misano! another Rossi backyard.... could you really figure it would make sense to have someone else ride HIS bike? out of respect for the man. This is a very strong statement from Yamaha in a way, in terms of respect for their best ambassador. As for Tech 3, they would probably not be in a position to oppose a request from their motorcycle provider, however, I am certain the sponsors would. Besides, Zarco is still in the learning process. No need to add pressure on him to put him on a factory bike just yet. Maybe this Factory M1 should go to Sam Lowes, if it was possible at all. Sort of, show who you are now.

Lowes? You do realize, that Misano is factually Aprilia's backyard.