Yamaha have confirmed that Valentino Rossi has broken his right leg in a training accident. The Italian suffered a displaced fracture of both the tibia and fibula of his right leg. This is the same leg Rossi broke at Mugello in 2010.
Rossi is to undergo surgery as soon as possible. The normal procedure for displaced fractures of the tibia and fibula is to insert either a metal pin or a metal plate to fix the bone in place.
The normal recovery period for a displaced tib/fib fracture is 12 weeks to full load bearing. However, a general rule of thumb for motorcycle racers is they attempt to be fit enough to race in half that time. A six week recovery period would mean Rossi missing Misano and Aragon, with a small possibility of making a return at the flyaways, starting in Motegi.
All that is still unknown, however. A new medical update will be issued tomorrow morning, once surgery has been done, and we should know more after that.
Below is the press release from the Movistar Yamaha team:
VR46 MEDICAL UPDATE, 01-09-17 - 00:10
Movistar Yamaha MotoGP‘s Valentino Rossi sustained displaced fractures of the tibia and fibula of his right leg, following an enduro incident on Thursday evening, August 31st.
Following an enduro training accident on Thursday, August 31st, Movistar Yamaha MotoGP star Valentino Rossi was diagnosed with displaced fractures of the tibia and fibula of his right leg.
The 38-year-old Italian rider will undergo surgery as soon as possible.
A further medical bulletin will be issued later on Friday morning, Sept 1st.