Rossi injury update

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Valentino Rossi completed just four pain-stricken laps this morning in the third free practice session for tomorrow’s Dutch GP at Assen.

Seriously hampered by a fracture in his right wrist, Rossi parked his Camel Yamaha YZR-M1 after consultation with MotoGP medic Dr Claudio Costa.

The 27-year-old Italian, who crashed heavily in yesterday’s opening free practice session at the revised Assen circuit, will try and ride in this afternoon’s decisive qualifying session.

Twenty minutes of this morning’s hour-long session had elapsed before a battered and bruised Rossi took to the track. But clearly in discomfort, he pulled in and after just four timed laps and parked his M1.

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A team spokesman said: “Valentino will try and ride again this afternoon. It was best for him to miss this morning to try and be as best prepared as possible for qualifying.” Rossi’s injuries saw him added to a growing list of walking wounded in MotoGP, with Marco Melandri and Loris Capirossi braving the pain after they were involved in the horror first corner crash at Catalunya just five days ago.

Despite only being rated at 50-50 to ride his Ducati Desmosedici today, Capirossi did appear in this morning’s session.

MCN Staff

By MCN Staff