Rossi needs stitches to close cuts

Updated: February 3, 2009, 1:23 PM ET
Reuters

MILAN, Italy -- MotoGP world champion Valentino Rossi has had stitches in his hand and foot after a domestic accident but is still scheduled to take part in this week's official testing in Malaysia.

"The Italian received stitches to his left hand and foot before flying out to Sepang for the official MotoGP test, a result of his falling on to a glass table when closing the curtains at home," a statement said on the MotoGP official Web site on Tuesday.

"Rossi's left ring finger and the sole of his foot were cut when the table broke."

The 29-year-old unveiled Yamaha's 2009 bike over the Internet on Monday before the season-opening Grand Prix in Qatar on April 12.