Italian MotoGP rider will attempt to ride in this week’s MotoGP.
With just four rounds of the 2017 championship left, it’s vital that Valentino Rossi attempts to grab every single one of the available 125 remaining points if he’s to be in with even a passing chance of securing his tenth world title. He current;y stands in fourth place, 42 points off of the leaders.
After testing in private this week, it’s now been confirmed by Yamaha that Rossi will travel with the rest of the team to Aragón for this weekend’s round with the intention of riding in the race – just weeks after his major crash in training saw him break his right leg in two places.
“After 17 days of recovering, Rossi got his first laps in at the Misano World Circuit Marco Simoncelli last Monday and Tuesday, before undergoing a medical examination today. Following the check-up, the Italian decided to make his way to Aragón in order to try to participate in this weekend’s race.
He will have to successfully complete a mandatory physical check by the MotorLand Aragón Chief Medical Officer to be declared fit to take part in the Grand Prix weekend.”
Yamaha WorldSBK rider Van der Mark will also be in attendance alongside the team as a precaution, should the team need a reserve. He will act as a “replacement rider, in case Rossi is declared unfit or if he feels he can’t compete in Sunday’s race after any of the Free Practice sessions.”
Speaking via Yamaha press release, Rossi has made the following statement,
“Fortunately, yesterday I had a good test with my YZF-R1M in Misano. I tried also the day before, but the rain stopped me after a few laps. Yesterday I managed to complete 20 laps and find the answers I was looking for. Eventually, the test was positive and I want to say thanks to Dr. Lucidi and his staff, who helped me find the best solutions to feel the least amount of pain possible in my leg when I’m riding.
Obviously at the end of the test I was in a little bit of pain, but this morning I went to Dr. Pascarella for a medical check, and it came out with a positive result. At the end I decided I will leave for Aragón and will try to ride my M1 this weekend. If I will be declared fit to ride, I’ll have the real answer after FP1, because riding the M1 will be a much bigger challenge.
See you in Aragon!”