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Rossi injured in motocross accident
May 25, 2017 / 11:40 PM / 4 months ago

Rossi injured in motocross accident

Yamaha MotoGP rider Valentino Rossi of Italy looks on before the third qualifying session ahead of the Valencia Motorcycle Grand Prix at the Ricardo Tormo racetrack in Cheste near Valencia, Spain, November 7, 2015. REUTERS/Heino Kalis

(Reuters) - Italian MotoGP great Valentino Rossi has been taken to hospital in Italy after being involved in a motocross accident on Thursday, his Yamaha team said in a statement.

They said the 38-year-old rider, a nine times world champion and currently third in the top class, had been diagnosed with “mild thoracic and abdominal trauma” in a hospital check-up after the accident in training in eastern Italy.

“No fractures have been detected in any part of the body and no serious traumatic pathologies were found,” the team added.

Rossi’s home grand prix at Mugello is the next round of the MotoGP championship on June 4.

A further medical bulletin will be issued on Friday, the team said.

Rossi had led the championship until last weekend’s French Grand Prix at Le Mans, where he crashed on the last lap while battling for victory with Spanish team mate Maverick Vinales.

Reporting by Alan Baldwin, editing by Greg Stutchbury

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