Spain's rider Maverick Vinales competes on his Movistar Yamaha MOTOGP N°25 ahead of France's rider Johann Zarco on his Monster Yamaha TECH 3 MOTOGP N°5 and Italy's rider Valentino Rossi on his Movistar Yamaha MOTOGP N°46 during the MotoGP race of the French Motorcycle Grand Prix, on May 21, 2017 in Le Mans, northwestern France. AFP Photo

ROME: MotoGP star Valentino Rossi suffered chest and stomach injuries in a motocross training accident on Thursday and was taken to hospital, his Yamaha team said.

The 38-year-old was injured while riding in the event at Mondavio in Pesaro Urbino near Rimini.

“He was taken to a local hospital for a medical check-up, where he was diagnosed with mild thoracic and abdominal trauma,” said a team statement.

“No fractures have been detected in any part of the body and no serious traumatic pathologies were found. A further medical bulletin will be issued on Friday at 12:00 hrs CET.”

Rossi crashed out of the French Grand Prix at Le Mans on the last lap last weekend handing victory to teammate Maverick Vinales and lies third in the world championship standings.

It is not clear whether Rossi will be fit enough to take part in the Italian Grand Prix at Mugello next week. --AFP

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