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Valentino Rossi in hospital after motocross accident

Valentino Rossi has suffered chest and abdominal injuries after crashing an MX bike while training. The Italian had been practicing at the Cross Park Cavallara, near Pesaro, Italy.

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The 38-year-old Italian was taken to a local hospital in Rimini for a medical check-up following the incident. Rossi was diagnosed with mild thoracic and abdominal trauma, with no fractures detected in any part of the body and no serious traumatic pathologies. Rossi is due to have a further scan in the morning, which should reveal more.

It is unknown at this moment whether he will be fit for Mugello or not.

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 The Italian had almost completely abandoned riding MX after the severe shoulder injury he picked up on an MX bike at the start of the 2010 season. It took surgery and an extensive recovery period at the end of that year.

Since then, Rossi has turned his attention to dirt track. The Italian had built a special facility in the hills near his home in Tavullia, containing a variety of tracks with a mixture of turns. The idea was to train specific riding skills, and the track has helped him adapt to the demands of a modern MotoGP racing. It was also built to help him avoid the types of injury which can occur on a motocross bike, especially when crashing over jumps. How he injured himself on Thursday is still unclear.

Luka Hribar

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