Valentino Rossi appears to have emerged from his motocross accident relatively unscathed. The Movistar Yamaha team today issued a press release with a medical update, stating that the Italian appears to have suffered slight injuries to his liver and kidneys, and that this was what was causing him pain.
Rossi is currently receiving pain relief medication, and is due to undergo further routine medical checks. If those checks go as expected, he should be released from hospital later on Friday.
The press release does not mention Rossi's participation in the Italian Grand Prix at Mugello next weekend. However, with a week until first practice starts, there is plenty of time to make a decision on that. A photograph taken by the nursing staff with Rossi at Rimini Hospital and published by local website Rimini Today suggests Rossi is looking and feeling well. That bodes well for Mugello.
The official press release issued by the Movistar Yamaha Team appears below:
NO FURTHER MEDICAL COMPLICATIONS FOR VALENTINO ROSSI
Following yesterday‘s motocross accident, Movistar Yamaha MotoGP‘s Valentino Rossi has experienced a positive healing process over the last 12 hours.
Gerno di Lesmo (Italy), 26th May 2017
Having been diagnosed yesterday evening with mild thoracic and abdominal trauma, following a motocross accident, Movistar Yamaha MotoGP Team rider Valentino Rossi is making positive progress with his recovery.
Last night the 38-year-old Italian spent a quiet night at the "Ospedale Infermi" in Rimini and was visited this morning by the doctors. Valentino told that he is experiencing less pain both in the chest and in the abdomen, compared to last night. The pain is the result of slight liver and kidney lesions that have not evolved into further complications.
Valentino will continue to receive pain relief over the next 12 hours and, over the course of the day, he will undergo routine diagnostic tests. If the results are positive, he may be discharged from the hospital within the day.
Further updates are to follow in due course.