Valentino Rossi Undergoes Surgery

2012 MotoGP Injury Update

Fans of Valentino Rossi will never forget the nine-time World Champion’s hectic crash during practice for the 2010 Mugello MotoGP.

The Italian, who was then riding for Fiat Yamaha, suffered a hectic crash at Turn 13, fracturing his right tibia. Following the MotoGP crash, Rossi underwent surgery, having a pin inserted into his leg.

And on Monday, the Ducati Team reported that Rossi underwent successful surgery to remove the pin at the Cattolica’s Cervesi Hospital in Italy.

Ducati Team says: "The operation went well, and the Ducati Team rider will be ready for the second test in Malaysia, scheduled for February 28 to March 1."

During his first official test aboard the Ducati GP12 at Sepang, Malaysia, last week, Rossi posted the fifth quickest time of 2:00.824, which was 1.217 seconds behind the leader, Repsol Honda’s Casey Stoner.

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One of the few moto journalists based on the East Coast, Ron Lieback joined the motorcycle industry as a freelancer in 2007 and is currently Editor at Large at Ultimate Motorcycling. He is also the author of 365 to Vision: Modern Writer's Guide (How to Produce More Quality Writing in Less Time).