It was June 2010, and the Grand Prix of Misano was just days away. The legendary Valentino Rossi took his bike out for the second free practice session when disaster struck. At around 120 mph, Rossi threw his Yamaha M1 down into the Biondetti corner. He came out of the crash with what some would call his only injury after years of riding in MotoGP, a broken right leg. In a little over a month, Rossi made a spectacular return to the MotoGP paddock. However, his latest injury may prove more daunting to conquer.
The Legend of Vale, and the Curse of the Tib/Fib
The 2017 season of MotoGP has been on fire this year. Maverick Viñales, Marc Marquez and Andrea Dovizioso have all led the championship, and Valentino Rossi has not been far behind. As of the writing of this article, Rossi is fourth in the championship, just 26 points behind championship leader Andrea Dovizioso. That is going to change after the September 10th running of the Grand Prix at Misano World Circuit Marco Simoncelli.
On August 31st, Vale was riding an Enduro bike while training at his Sky46 racing academy near Tavullia, Italy (Rossi’s hometown). That’s when the nine-time champion crashed and broke his right leg, the same leg he broke back in 2010.
At the hospital, he was diagnosed with a displaced fracture of both his tibia and fibula. The last time his leg was broken, he had a compound fracture of just his tibia. At around 2:00am on September 1st, Rossi underwent a successful surgery at Azienda Ospedaliero-Universitaria Ospedali Riuniti in Ancona. Days later, he was discharged from the hospital and is now on the mend. Though in high spirits, Rossi’s championship hopes are surely crushed by this injury. He is expected to miss rounds in Misano and Aragon at the very least.