Valentino Rossi underwent surgery today to remove the pin in his right tibia, the final memento of his monster crash at Mugello in June 2010. The surgery, carried out at the Cervesi hospital in Cattolica, not far from Rossi's home in Tavullia, was performed by Dr Giannicola Lucidi and Dr Marco Trono, while Professor Giuseppe Porcellini, the surgeon who fixed the shoulder Rossi injured earlier that year in a motocross crash. The surgery was a success, and after a period of 5 days rest and recovery, the Italian should be able to get back to training ready for the 2012 MotoGP season. In a press release issued this evening, Ducati announced they expected Rossi to be fit enough to take part in the second Sepang test due to take place at the end of February.
The Ducati team have been keeping the doctors busy. On Sunday night, Ducati announced that Nicky Hayden would be undergoing surgery on the shoulder he injured during training over the winter, and on Monday it was the turn of Valentino Rossi to feel the surgeon's knife. The operation for Rossi was far less serious, and merely the final chapter in the history of a difficult 2010 season. The leg he broke at Mugello forced Rossi to miss a race for the first time in his career, bringing to an end his record of 230 successive race starts. Rossi then had further surgery after his first test on the Ducati, in November 2010, to fix the damage to the shoulder joint he suffered in a training crash, and which had hampered him throughout the year. The presence of the surgeon who corrected his shoulder problem at the operation to remove the final souvenir of his 2010 Mugello crash is symbolic; the book is closed on 2010.
Below is the press release from Ducati:
Valentino Rossi undergoes successful operation to remove rod from right leg
Valentino Rossi underwent a small operation this morning at Cattolica’s Cervesi hospital to remove the rod that was inserted in his right tibia following his practice crash at the 2010 Mugello GP. The injury is now completely healed.
The operation went well, and the Ducati Team rider will be ready for the second test in Malaysia, scheduled for February 28 to March 1.