After a night at the 'Azienda Ospedaliero-Universitaria Ospedali Riuniti' following surgery on the fractures in his right leg, seven time MotoGP champion Valentino Rossi‘s condition has improved enough for him to leave hospital.

The Movistar Yamaha rider had a good night‘s rest and returned home at 10:00am this morning, accompanied by his staff, where he will continue his recovery.

"I spent a good night, I slept, and this morning I felt good, " Rossi said. "The doctors visited me and they gave me the OK to go home, where I'll be able to rest even better. I will begin the rehabilitation as soon as possible and we‘ll see how my body reacts before making any decisions.

"I have to say "thanks" once again to all the staff of the ’Ospedali Riuniti‘ in Ancona, but also Urbino's First Aid and the 118 Service, as well as all the friends that came to visit me. As I said yesterday, I will do everything I can to get back as soon as possible."

Rossi suffered displaced fractures to both his right tibia and fibula – the same leg he broke at Mugello in 2010 – during an enduro training accident on Thursday. 

Dr Raffaele Pascarella, who oversaw Rossi's surgery - in which the fractures 'were fixated using a metal pin' - believes the Italian will need 30-40 days before returning to MotoGP action

Rossi was absent from MotoGP for 42 days while recovering from the similar leg injury and surgery in 2010: He finished fourth on his MotoGP comeback at Sachsenring, returned to the podium next time at Laguna Seca and won again four months after the accident, at Sepang.

Practice for this year's Japanese Grand Prix starts 43 days from Rossi's enduro accident. If a Motegi return is possible, the #46 would only miss Misano and Aragon.

Rossi is currently fourth in the world championship, 26 points from Andrea Dovizioso, with six rounds remaining.


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