May 25, 2017 / 11:22 PM / a year ago

Motorcycling: Rossi injured in motocross accident

(Reuters) - Italian MotoGP great Valentino Rossi has been taken to hospital in Italy after being involved in a motocross accident on Thursday, his Yamaha team said in a statement.

Yamaha's MotoGP rider Valentino Rossi poses with the new Yamaha YZR-M1 for the 2016 season in Barcelona, Spain, January 18, 2016. REUTERS/Albert Gea

They said the 38-year-old rider, a nine times world champion and currently third in the top class, had been diagnosed with “mild thoracic and abdominal trauma” in a hospital check-up after the accident in training in eastern Italy.

“No fractures have been detected in any part of the body and no serious traumatic pathologies were found,” the team added.

Rossi’s home grand prix at Mugello is the next round of the MotoGP championship on June 4.

A further medical bulletin will be issued on Friday, the team said.

Rossi had led the championship until last weekend’s French Grand Prix at Le Mans, where he crashed on the last lap while battling for victory with Spanish team mate Maverick Vinales.

Reporting by Alan Baldwin, editing by Greg Stutchbury

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