And you’ll forgive the dreadful pun in the headline!

Such is the speed at which the sport’s rumour mill works that Valentino Rossi’s leg-breaking accident at Mugello could trigger an early switch to four-wheeled competition.

In a bizarre case of coincidence, the multiple MotoGP champion admitted that he would Valentino Rossi“like to explore the possibility” of competing in a third Ferrari in F1, just 24 hours before he toppled off his Yamaha in front of his home crowd.

The media – particularly, and unsurprisingly in Italy and no doubt fuelled by Ferrari boss Luca di Montezemelo – has now been sparked into a frenzy of speculation that Rossi’s accident could end his utter domination of motorbike racing, and prompt a switch to four-wheeled racing.

Rossi has previously tested for Ferrari during the off-season, posting competitive lap times and further fuelling the rumours that he could switch to F1 in the future. Currently, John Surtees remains the sole dual World Champion on both two wheels and in F1 – would Rossi potentially be the next candidate?

In the wake of Rossi’s accident di Montezemelo – ever the master of subtlety – issued a hastily-worded press release wishing the ‘The Doctor’ a speedy recovery.

“Everyone at Ferrari is with you at this difficult time,” said the statement on the team’s website. “We are sure that you will be back on track soon, even stronger than before.

If during your convalescence you feel you would like to do some training on four wheels, then remember that the door to Maranello is always open to you.”

Of course it is! Do you think you could let the guy recuperate first?

[Original image via The Telegraph]

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Richard Bailey

Founder & Chief Editor at MotorsportM8
Hasn't missed a Grand Prix since 1989. Has a soft spot for Minardi. Tattooed with 35+ Grand Prix circuits.