As expected Valentino Rossi has been confirmed by his Movistar Yamaha team as absent for his home race this weekend at the San Marino Grand Prix in Misano, only a week after undergoing surgery for a broken leg sustained during a training crash last Thursday.
The Italian was released from hospital on Saturday morning, only 24 hours after the successful operation to insert a nail into the displaced fracture of his tibia in his right leg, but with the risk of bone infection high thanks to the open surgical wound on his leg, he will not take part in this weekend’s action only 20km from his home.
Instead, teammate Maverick Viñales will line up as the team’s solo rider this week. MotoGP’s rules say that a team must endeavour to replace an injured rider only if they have ten days’ notice, so it is likely that Rossi will instead be replaced for the next round of the series at Aragon in two weeks’ time, with Japanese test rider Katsuyuki Nakasuga the most likely candidate to step in for him.
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