Maverick Vinales needs ‘two week recovery’ after training spill

Yamaha MotoGP rider Maverick Vinales reveals he is back home and 'OK' after a tumble while training on his motocross bike landed him in hospital

Maverick Vinales - Yamaha

While there aren’t many ‘lucky breaks’ in motorsport, Maverick Vinales will be relieved his MotoGP season is on lockdown for the time being as he recovers from injuries sustained in a motocross accident last week.

The Spaniard spent a night in hospital after coming off his MX bike during training as he attempts to keep fit in the indefinite pause of action in the wake of the coronavirus pandemic.

Despite needing hospital treatment, Yamaha Factory rider Vinales escaped without major injury, though he did take to social media to confirm he will need some time to recover.

“Hi guys, I am back home, luckily I am ok, now I will have two full weeks of recovery so I will keep you updated. Thank you for the messages and for all the support,” Vinales told his Instagram followers.

Vinales isn’t the first MotoGP rider to hurt himself in a motocross accident over the years, with even Valentino Rossi falling foul over the years.

Indeed, with MotoGP out of action for the next few weeks at the very least, riders have been busy trying to maintain their fitness with many taking to the motocross bike to do so.

Marc Marquez and Alex Marquez – brothers and new team-mates at Repsol Honda – have been out on their MX bikes, while taking in some of the rare track action that has happened this year at Qatar with Moto and Moto3.

Pecco Bagnaia, meanwhile, has been down at Rossi’s ranch with other members of the VR46 Academy to keep match fit while they wait on the sidelines.