On Thursday, the hopes of a 10th world title this season were shattered after Italian motorcycling legend Valentino Rossi broke his leg in a crash in training.
It is said that he was on board an endurance bike when the accident took place and is the second time he has crashed this year. According to AFP, he was hospitalised in May for injuries of the stomach and chest after a motocross training spill.
In a statement, his team Yamaha announced that: "Valentino Rossi was involved in an enduro accident during a training activity close to his hometown (of Urbino) on Thursday”, adding that he will undergo surgery “as soon as possible”.
When commenting on the nature of the injury in a later statement, the team said: “Valentino Rossi was diagnosed with displaced fractures of the tibia and fibula of his right leg. “
The nine-time world champion in all categories is lying fourth in this season's MotoGP standings after 12 of 18 races, AFP adds.