Fans of popular MotoGP racer Valentino Rossi might not get to see him in action at the last two rounds of the 2010 MotoGP season. Apparently, Rossi has to undergo surgery in order to treat a shoulder injury he received in an accident last April 15th while doing motocross training in Pesaro Italy. The injury came just four days after he won the the first race of the season in Qatar. Rossi still managed to race for the second round in Jerez, Spain, placing third overall. Teammate Jorge Lorenzo won first place in that round.
Unfortunately for Rossi, this accident wasn’t the only one that would end up affecting him during this racing season. Rossi ended up being involved in another accident just two months after the first one when he was practicing in Mugello for the Italian Grand Prix. He suffered a broken leg and subsequently missed that race and the next three races that followed. It was the first time in his career that he was not able to start for an event.
After a month’s rest, Rossi returned for the German Grand Prix in Sachsenring. He was able to put out an impressive performance and maintained his hold at the fourth position despite not being able to participate in four races.
However, Rossi later found out that the injury that he sustained after the first round was more serious than he has first expected. “I only have a fifty percent power on my shoulder, it’s now a bigger problem than my leg,” he said. He also added that the pain in his shoulder is now becoming a discomfort which is keeping him from riding in a way that he would want.
But, according to Rossi, he is still going to see if he can make it through the next three races before deciding whether or not he will take his leave for the last two. However, he also said that he worries about the next round in Motegi, Japan. According to him, the track at Motegi contains many corners requiring hard braking and right handers, which will likely take a toll on his shoulder.
Earlier this year, Rossi completed talks with Ducati and will be transferring to the team for the 2011 MotoGP season. He spent five years with Yamaha, winning three titles.