Valentino Rossi Breaks Leg in MotoGP Italian Grand Prix Practice

Gareth Llewellyn-StevensCorrespondent IJune 5, 2010

FLORENCE, ITALY - JUNE 04:  Valentino Rossi of Italy and Fiat Yamaha Team rounds a bend during the first free practice of Grand Prix of Italy on June 4, 2010 in Mugello Circuit near Florence, Italy.  (Photo by Mirco Lazzari gp/Getty Images)
Mirco Lazzari gp/Getty Images

World champion Valentino Rossi is out of the Italian Grand Prix after breaking his leg in practice at Mugello.

The world champion broke his right shin bone in a highside crash at the Biondetti esses with just 15 minutes of the session remaining on Saturday morning.

A statement from Rossi's Fiat Yamaha team said, "Valentino Rossi has suffered a displaced and exposed fracture of his right tibia after crashing in practice for the Italian Grand Prix in Mugello this morning."

"The reigning world champion crashed his Fiat Yamaha M1 at turn 13, the fast chicane at the top of the hill, and was taken immediately to the circuit Medical Centre for x-rays."

"Further information will be made public as soon as a more detailed examination has been completed."

Medics believe Rossi will be out of action for two months, meaning he will also miss the British Grand Prix at Silverstone on June 20. Other riders have recovered from similar injury in six weeks, but Rossi could still miss up to four races.

The Italian Grand Prix will be the first race Rossi has missed since March 31, 1996, and is a blow to his season, already behind his teammate Jorge Lorenzo in the MotoGP championship.

Rossi will have surgery on his leg in Florence this afternoon.

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