Valentino Rossi will make an early racing comeback at this weekend’s MotoGP Aragon Grand Prix, only three weeks on from when he broke his leg.
The Italian rider broke his right leg in a training crash on August 31st, with his doctor scheduling a recovery time of over 30-days, extending over the San Marino Grand Prix – a week after his incident – and this weekend’s Aragon GP.
Since he missed the most recent round at San Marino, Rossi is hoping to regain traction is his bid for the championship with an early return this weekend, a full week earlier than his doctor advised.
The 38-year old completed an on track test on Monday and Tuesday, with his Movistar Yamaha team relaying positive feedback, but are awaiting results from a medical examination which took place on Wednesday.
“After 17 days of recovering, Rossi got his first laps in at Misano last Monday and Tuesday, before undergoing a medical examination today,” a statement from the Yamaha team said.
“Following the check-up, the Italian decided to make his way to Aragon in order to try to participate in this weekend’s race.
“He will have to successfully complete a mandatory physical check by the MotorLand Aragon chief medical officer to be declared fit to take part in the weekend.”
With the forecasted absence of Rossi blanketing two races, the team had already lined up factory Superbike rider Michael van der Mark to substitute for Rossi in Aragon.
Van der Mark will still be attending the Aragon weekend on the basis of standby if Rossi pulls out, but the latter says he’ll only have the “real answer” on whether he can complete the Aragon weekend after Practice 1, that is if he passes the medical examination.
“Fortunately, yesterday I had a good test with my YZF-R1M in Misano,” he said.
“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 Aragon and will try to ride my M1 (MotoGP bike) 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.”
The Italian rider is trailing joint championship leaders; Marc Marquez and Andrea Dovizioso by 42-points, with 125-points available in the remaining five races.
The Aragon Grand Prix will take place from September 22 – 24.