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.

“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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