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Rossi wrecks bike in Valencia test, Bautista back fracture ruled out

Alvaro Bautista sat out part of Tuesday's MotoGP test after hurting his back in a crash, but Valentino Rossi continued after falling.


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Valentino Rossi's bike after a crash in MotoGP testing

Valentino Rossi wrecked his bike and Alvaro Bautista avoided a broken back after a crash in an eventful opening day of MotoGP testing in Valencia.

Movistar Yamaha rider Rossi slipped out at turn 10 at Circuit Ricardo Tormo and his bike sustained significant damage after smashing into a tyre wall.

The seven-time premier class champion took a painful-looking tumble but was soon back to his feet and it was not long before he returned to the track.

The incident gave Rossi a chance to follow team-mate Maverick Vinales' lead and test out a new aerofairing on his Yamaha.

That bike is going nowhere! @ValeYellow46 is up and OK but his Yamaha is looking a little worse for wear after a crash at turn 10!#2018StartsNow pic.twitter.com/kbbCakypBS
— MotoGP™ (@MotoGP) November 14, 2017

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That's a write-off!

The remains of @ValeYellow46's crashed Yamaha! #2018StartsNow pic.twitter.com/EwElwxxKCl
— MotoGP™ (@MotoGP) November 14, 2017

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Pull&Bear Aspar rider Bautista's day ended early in the day after a big crash at turn one.

The Spaniard sat out the remainder of the test and was taken to hospital for examinations, which ruled out a fracture in his back.

That's not how you want to start testing

Nasty highside for @19Bautista down at turn one, but luckily #RiderOK pic.twitter.com/EHtQgrPDHm
— MotoGP™ (@MotoGP) November 14, 2017

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Álvaro @19Bautista has no fracture in his back, he only has a lot of pain in that area #2018StartsNow pic.twitter.com/pyi0vNKYrG
— Aspar Team MOTOGP (@asparteam) November 14, 2017

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Vinales set the fastest time, two tenths clear of Johann Zarco. Marc Marquez, who clinched the fourth title of his career on Sunday, edged Rossi as the day's third-quickest man.

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