Five-times MotoGP world champion Valentino Rossi is set to ride in Sunday's season-ending Valencia Grand Prix despite breaking three bones in his right hand in a heavy crash in qualifying.
The 28-year-old Italian, who has never missed a race in his career, took part in Sunday morning's warm-up although he was the slowest to lap the 4-km Ricardo Tormo circuit.
He will start from 17th place on the grid for the race and needs to earn a point to ensure he finishes as runner-up in the championship for the second successive year.
If he finishes out of the points, Spain's Dani Pedrosa could pip him to second spot behind world champion Casey Stoner by winning the race.
The Italian has not finished outside the top two in any class since his rookie season in the 125cc category in 1996.