Valentino Rossi's presence in the Australian Grand Prix is not in doubt despite his Ducati team revealing he injured a finger in his crash at Motegi.
The Italian rider crashed out of the race at Turn 2 on the opening lap after making contact with Yamaha's Jorge Lorenzo. Although an initial examination suggested otherwise, the Italian underwent additional X-rays on Tuesday as he had pain and swelling in his left hand, and it revealed a hairline fracture at the arthrodesis of the first and second phalanx of the little finger.
Ducati said that Rossi will nonetheless race at the Australian Grand Prix on Oct. 16. The Italian, however, will not be present in today's test at Jerez, where teammate Nicky Hayden will be working with the 2012 bike.