Surgery Successful For Valentino Rossi, Back On Bike "As Soon As Possible"

Valentino Rossi had surgery in the early hours of Friday morning to insert metal pins into the fractured broken bones in his lower leg. The operation was deemed a success, and Rossi is to start his recovery as soon as possible. Surgery was carried out in Ancona, after the Italian had originally been treated in hospital in Urbino, where he had been taken after the enduro training crash in which he broke his leg.

The operation is similar to the one he underwent after breaking his leg at Mugello in 2010. A pin was inserted into his tibia then, which he had removed at the start of the 2012 season. At the time of the Mugello accident, Dr Buzzi, the surgeon who operated on Rossi estimated that the recovery period would be 6 months. However, Rossi was back on track 40 days later, taking part in practice at the Sachsenring. Practice for the Motegi round of MotoGP starts in 42 days, on Friday, 13th October.

It is clear that Rossi intends to make a speedy return to racing. The press release issued by Yamaha quotes Rossi as saying that he hopes to be back riding the Movistar Yamaha M1 "as soon as possible".

The press release from Yamaha appears below:

VR46 MEDICAL UPDATE, 01-09-17 - 10:30

Movistar Yamaha MotoGP Team‘s Valentino Rossi received successful surgery on the displaced fractures of the tibia and fibula of his right leg.

Ancona (Italy), 1st September 2017

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.


The surgery went well. 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!



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Faced with a long (in MotoGP terms) recovery I wondered yesterday if Rossi would decide that it wasn't worth the effort to make it back before the end of the season, and I even wondered if he'd decide that he'd wrap up his career (although I also thought that would be a crummy way to end things).  I suspect the reason I'm wrong is the same reason MotoGP riders are a breed all their own.  

Honestly I wouldn't mind if, for their sake, riders took a bit longer to recover from injuries, but I can't help but respect their single minded determination. 

As for those who say MotoGP racers shouldn't do MX in their spare time becasue they risk injury, I say these riders owe me nothing.  If their team bosses want to negotiate with them what they can and can't do when they're not on track that's between them.  I just consider myself lucky most of them are (sort of) injury free most of the time and for a small fee I can stream their races and watch them do things I can only otherwise dream of.  I hope Rossi recovers well, and in the mean time I look forward to the continuation of possibly the best championship season ever.

I haven't found yet the right word to express my profound disappointment and frustration and disbelief... just when i thought it was safe to predict a totally red and yellow misano ....
This has been quite an unfortunate season for Rossi, struggling with the bike, pre-mugello injury, and now this serious accident.... very unlucky. From what I gathered the accident was rather horrible: his foot got stuck under a big stone which caused the fall and the fracture. Luckily (if this word can be used in this context) the titanium pin he had from the previous accident had been removed a couple of years ago. If not this could have resulted in a bloodier far more damaging injury.
The evening news on Italian tv say that he wants to race in Motegi .... hum!
This championship is still going to be fantastic. But somewhat less fantastic without him. It's a big shame.
I just wish him a full speedy recovery.
On a side note : is Mat Oxley jinxing it for Rossi? Each time he brings up his spectacular form something happens :)

I feel he'd be better off sitting out the rest of the season and having pins and plates removed before racing again, but then these guys don't normally take the conservative approach, and may well have contractual obligations to race as soon as possible.

Rossi has said he rides because he enjoys it.

If he enjoys it, he'll be back as soon as he is able, irrespective of championship position.

If he no longer enjoys it, he will retire.


i don't see him retiring any time soon.

This year was probably Rossi's last good chance at a tenth championship and he puts himself at risk of injury during the race season. What a fool. He may as well take the rest of the season off and heal as best he can if he plans to ride next year. 

I see these types of comments a lot and it's hard to reply to them without seeming like a bit of a dick but you are wrong about all of your points. 

Rossi is a MotoGP front runner and, crazy season and results this year aside, is going to continue to be right up the front until he says he is retiring. He has said it clearly enough that his competitiveness is what keeps him going. This is no more his last chance at the championship than last year was. 

Training isn't putting yourself at risk during the season. It allows you to compete in that season.

It isn't ridiculous for a boxer to spar before a fight, it isn't ridiculous for a cyclist to cycle on the open road, it isn't ridiculous for a swimmer to swim and on and on. MotoGP riders race the best motorcycles at world class facilities. They can't walk into that scenario on a daily basis so they find alternatives, none of which come with a higher or lower potential risk. Injuries are a part of pushing the limits in any discipline. Sometimes that means something that nobody else sees and doesn't affect performance and other times it can be something that puts a rider out of competition for a certain amount of time. 

Missing precious riding time from an injury is bad enough. Taking the rest of the year off voluntarily would be dumb. You can only be great at something by doing it consistently. Do some people now expect MotoGP riders to not practice AND throw away very limited riding time? You have to actually do the thing you push the limits on otherwise your skills deteriorate while everyone else gets better. 

Valentino Rossi is one of the best ever athletes in one of the worlds toughest sports. I get that he looks like a few twigs pieced together but he is fitter than most could probably imagine. I don't understand the reaction of 'might as well take a year to heal' or 'it's the end, he can't recover from this.' He'll take the minimum amount of time humanly possible to recover and probably be riding before even then as any of the professional riders would, especially the top guys.

He is okay and will completely recover. I'm more sorry for him that his title challenge is probably (definitely) over and sorry for us because of the excitement he always provides will be missing for some races and missing entirely from the championship battle for the rest of this year.