Following a crash in a motocross training accident and a resulting broken leg, Valentino Rossi is set the miss the next two races at Misano and Aragon. It casts a huge doubt over his title hopes this season, as Yamaha pushes all of their efforts onto Maverick Vinales’ title hopes.
Speaking about his recovery, Rossi said:
“I was really looking forward to the round in Misano, because riding in front of the fans there is something very special, but I have to treat the injury with care. Fortunately I’m fine, I’m not too bad and I’ve already managed to start some light physiotherapy.
— LA GRACE (@LaGrace82) August 28, 2017
The recovery time isn’t short, but I will do everything I can to get back on track as soon as possible. I know the team is supporting me during the rehabilitation process. I have to say thanks to everyone for the affection you have shown me during these days. See you soon!”
– Valentino Rossi
The popular rider last won the title in 2009, and this season was in contention for the title, only 26-points adrift of current leader Andrea Dovizioso. But given that he will at a minimum miss the next two races, with only six remaining, it looks like Rossi will miss out on the title once again.
— MCN Sport (@MCNSport) September 6, 2017
Yamaha’s team director Massimo Meregalli added:
“Vale’s accident has cast a bit of a grey cloud over the event. Our team will miss Valentino – we wish him all the best and look forward to having him back as soon as possible.”
The team will set up his #46 Yamaha in the garages for the Misano race so that Rossi’s fans can still visit, and there are attempts being made to get Rossi into the paddock for the event, but in terms of his title prospects this season, the recovery will take too long for any chance of Valentino Rossi picking up a seventh Moto GP title.