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Valentino Rossi undergoes surgery after breaking leg while training

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Nine-time motorcycle world champion Valentino Rossi has undergone successful surgery after breaking his right leg in an enduro training accident, Yamaha has confirmed.

MotoGP title contender Rossi, 38, broke his right tibia and fibula while training near his home town of Tavullia in Italy on Thursday, and was transferred to hospital where he underwent surgery.

“Following a medical examination at the Ospedale Civile di Urbino, where he was initially diagnosed, the Italian was transported to the Azienda Ospedaliero-Universitaria Ospedali Riuniti in Ancona,” a statement from Rossi’s Yamaha team reads.

“Upon arrival, he received surgery between 2am and 3am by Dr. Raffaele Pascarella, Director of the Orthopedics and Traumatology Division.

“During the surgery the fractures were fixated using a metal pin – a locked intramedullary nail – without any complications.”

“The surgery went well. This morning, when I woke up, I felt already good,” Rossi said.

“I would like to thank the staff of the Ospedali Riuniti in Ancona, and in particular Doctor Pascarella who operated on me.

“I’m very sorry for the incident. Now I want to be back on my bike as soon as possible. I will do my best to make it happen!”

Rossi currently sits 26 points back from MotoGP championship leader Andrea Dovizioso with six races remaining, but it is unclear how long he will be out of action for.

Pirelli reveals new super-hard, hyper-soft F1 tires in Abu Dhabi

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Pirelli has confirmed it will add two new tires to its range for the 2018 Formula 1 season, launching the ‘super-hard’ and ‘hyper-soft’ compounds in Abu Dhabi on Thursday.

Pirelli currently makes three of its five dry compounds available to teams for each race weekend, and despite varying selections across the course of the season has struggled to offer much in terms of strategy options, with one-stop races being the norm.

The hope is that the addition of two new tire compounds and a re-alignment of their durability will offer teams more choices in races.

Pirelli confirmed plans to introduce a new softest tire below the current ultra-soft earlier this month, inviting fans to pick a name.

The pink-colored compound will be known as the ‘hyper-soft’ from next year, with the arrival of a new ‘super-hard’ (colored ‘ice blue’) also being confirmed at a launch event in Abu Dhabi on Thursday.

“Compared to this year, when the tires grew by 25% to fit a brand-new generation of cars, the changes for next year are less far-reaching,” Pirelli head of car racing Mario Isola said.

“However, we’re pleased to present some important innovations with softer and faster compounds across the range: including the new hypersoft.

“We realized that, under the unique circumstances of this year, some of our 2017 compounds were perhaps conservative: the tires we have created for 2018 addresses this, in line with the objective of having around two pit stops at most races.

“However, the fundamental design concept of the tires hasn’t changed next year, preserving the attributes that all drivers have appreciated this year and allowing them to push hard from the start to the finish of each stint.

“The new range consists of faster tires that should lead to even harder and more spectacular racing in 2018.”

Besides the seven dry compounds made available, there will be the two rain tires – wet and intermediate – taking it to a total of nine for the 2018 season.