Valentino Rossi has undergone surgery to remove the metal rod that was placed in his right tibia when he broke his leg in 2010.
The Mugello practice crash nearly two years ago forced Rossi to miss several races, ending his 2010 title bid. The rod has remained in his leg since then.
Today's operation at Cattolica's Cervesi hospital was a complete success, and Rossi will be fully fit for the next MotoGP test at Sepang from 28 February to 1 March.
His Ducati team-mate Nicky Hayden was also having surgery today to attend to shoulder damage sustained in a training accident just after Christmas.
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