Valentino Rossi not Able to Compete for 10th Title in 2017
The year 2017 was good for Yamaha. With one of the fastest motorcycles on the Grand Prix, and a better atmosphere in the Yamaha garage, a more focused Valentino Rossi would have been in the running to win his tenth world title. The champion suffered fractures on his right leg during a training session for the MotoGP at Misano. His spot in the upcoming Aragon round will go to a teammate, 24-year-old Michael van der Mark, who ditched Honda for Yamaha for the 2017 season of the MotoGP.
Missed Misano and Now Aragon Installations
The 38-year-old Rossi underwent surgery in Ancona, Italy on Friday. According to a press release by Movista Yamaha, Rossi had a nail put in his tibia to help speed up the recovery process. He discharged himself from the hospital the following day after the crash. Misano, since its return to the MotoGP in 2007, has been Rossi’s home event and the fans were sad to see him bow out of the race.
This is the first time that he will miss a race since 2010 when he missed four Grand Prix races after suffering an injury on the same leg at Mugello during practice. It is not clear how long Rossi will take before he mounts his YZR-M1.
Currently, Rossi sits fourth in the championship standings, and since the 40-day recovery period will have passed before he would recover, he will stay out of the Aragon leg. He has taken to social media to assure his fans that he is undertaking rehabilitation and he hopes to make a full recovery in time for the Japanese Grand Prix slated for October 15th. There are four races left in the 2017 circuit, with a maximum 100 points. Even if he were to will all the races, he will still not be able to win the title in 2017.