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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.

Formula One names Stefano Domenicali as its new CEO

Stefano Domenicali named F1 CEO
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Former Ferarri chief Stefano Domenicali was named the new president and CEO of F1, replacing Chase Carey in January 2021, Liberty Media announced Friday.

Domenicali, 55, will join Formula One from Lamborghini, where he had been CEO and president.

He worked on Ferrari’s F1 team for nearly 20 years, becoming the team principal in 2008. He left in 2014 and worked at Audi before joining Lamborghini.

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“I am thrilled to join the Formula 1 organization, a sport that has always been part of my life,” Domenicali said in a release. “I was born in Imola and live in Monza.  I’ve remained connected to the sport through my work with the Single Seater Commission at the FIA and I look forward to connecting with the teams, promoters, sponsors and many partners in Formula 1 as we continue to drive the business ahead.

“The past six years at Audi and then leading Lamborghini have given me broader perspective and experience that I will bring to Formula 1.”

Carey, who had led F1 since Liberty’s Formula One Group took control of the organization in 2017, will move to the role of non-executive chairman.

“Chase has done a phenomenal job leading F1,” Liberty Media President and CEO Greg Maffei said in a statement. “He assembled a first-class commercial and sporting organization that has a long list of achievements, including broadening the appeal of the sport, growing its digital presence, establishing new technical regulations, securing a cost cap for the first time and reaching a new more equitable Concorde agreement with the teams.  His actions have reinforced F1 as the pinnacle of motorsport.”

Said Carey: “It has been an honor to lead Formula 1, a truly global sport with a storied past over the last seventy years. I’m proud of the team that’s not only navigated through an immensely challenging 2020 but returned with added purpose and determination in the areas of sustainability, diversity and inclusion.  I’m confident that we’ve built the strong foundation for the business to grow over the long term.”