Monday's Rossi Update: Injury Closed With 15 Stitches

The latest update on Valentino Rossi's condition after his crash at Mugello from the Fiat Yamaha team:

Monday 7th June 2010


Dr. Roberto Buzzi, head of Trauma at the CTO Careggi (Centro Traumatologico Ortopedico) in Florence, Italy, made the following statement about Valentino Rossi today:

"Today Valentino underwent another small operation to close the wound, which is looking good. We closed it with 15 stitches and our overall medical judgement is positive. We used a short general anaesthetic and when he woke up he was in good shape. The healing process of the injury is going well and as expected in Valentino's condition."

Rossi crashed on Saturday in practice for the Italian Grand Prix at Mugello, breaking his lower right leg.

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Rossi is obviously in good spirits and on the road back to racing. The big question is : when could he be back and when should he be back.
I think the smart thing to do would be to stay out of it untill Brno. He may well be able to come back sooner,but there's no point really. Definitely out until at least Sachsenring. No point in going to Laguna a week later. That shoulder also needs time and possibly an operation.He alluded to this before Mugello.
This leads me to another issue. The manufacturer's title. With this state of affairs, Fiat cannot afford to have one works bike standing idle for two races.They will have to field a second bike in Catalunya.I cannot see Rossi being ready for it,so why not get a replacement right from the Silverstone round ?
Last,but not least.With silly season on the doorstep,how long can Yamaha afford to wait before securing Lorenzo for next year at least ?

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Serious question ... What is more valuable to them ... the riders championship or the manufacturers? They'd need a pretty decent replacement to have the best shot at both so is the temptation for them to focus on just the riders cup?

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