Valentino Rossi, the nine-time MotoGP world champion, has been out for last two races of this year’s MotoGP season following an injury in a crash while training on his enduro bike on 31st Aug 2017. Now, after 18 days of his surgery, reports suggest that Rossi has started preparing himself to return to the game.
Yamaha released an official statement saying, “Valentino Rossi has been diligently working on his recovery from the double fracture in his right leg. He put his fitness level to the test and successfully completed a few laps around the Misano World Circuit Marco Simoncelli on a YZF-R1M, before rain disrupted the trial run. As today’s riding session was cut short due to the change in weather, the evaluation of Rossi’s physical condition was inconclusive. He will decide by the end of Wednesday, September 20th, whether he will attempt to take part in this weekend’s Gran Premio Movistar de Aragon.”
A few days later after Rossi’s crash, Yamaha announced that Michael van der Mark, the Dutch World Superbike rider, will fill in for Rossi until he recovers. Now, if Rossi returns this weekend to race at Aragon, we’ll have to see what Yamaha would decide.
If Rossi’s training goes well in Misano, he’ll then head to Aragon to ride his M1 on Friday morning. Currently, he is lagging by some 42 points from the joint championship leaders Marc Marquez and Andrea Dovizioso.