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Valentino Rossi Stuns Observers by Testing R1 on Track Monday

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Just 18 days after breaking two bones in his right leg, which necessitated surgery, Yamaha’s Valentino Rossi took to the Misano track this Monday morning aboard a Yamaha R1M. Completing just a “few laps”, Rossi was attempting to assess his fitness to race this coming weekend at Aragón. The test was inconclusive according to the following press release from Movistar Yamaha.

Rossi could conceivably participate in practice at Aragon beginning Friday, yet still hand off race duties to WSB rider Michael van der Mark.  Here is the press release:

Gerno di Lesmo (Italy), 18th September 2017  Following an enduro accident on August 31st, Valentino Rossi has been diligently working on his recovery from the double fracture in his right leg. Today the nine-time World Champion 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 Aragón.


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13 Comments

  1. dt 175 says:

    yeah, but to him an R1M is like a, well… dt 175….

  2. Vrooom says:

    He’s a monster. That’s crazy. You have to love doing something to want to do it that badly, which explains his success.

  3. Chris says:

    let the young guys have a go…

  4. Ron H. says:

    I bet he used the Hypobaric chamber again. Got him up and running last time.

  5. Provologna says:

    VR46: the last guy in the world needing more love, respect, and admiration. Yet here he is, getting more, and deserving it!

  6. Rhinestone Kawboy says:

    Valentino, I know a racer is a racer is a racer, but give yourself a little more time to heal, don’t risk your health just to race a little sooner. Heal more completely first- then, give it hell!

  7. Delmartian says:

    In the excellent MotoGP documentary “The Doctor, the Tornado and the Kentucky Kid”, they point out that as young racers advance up through the lower racing classes, the ones who are somehow able to heal fast after crashing have a huge advantage over those who don’t. Since crashing is an intrinsic part of racing, fast healing is a distinct advantage. Rossi has been quite fortunate to have had a minimal number of crashes in his career (thank goodness), but at 38 no one can heal as quickly as when they were in their teens and twenties. Hopefully he will make a fast, full recovery and be back up to speed rapidly. Even though his chances of a championship this year are all but gone, he makes any race he’s in more enjoyable to watch, and he can still challenge for the win.

  8. mickey says:

    These guys are nuts lol

  9. Paul says:

    what does NATCORK mean…I honestly forgot.

    • Norm G. says:

      re: “what does NATCORK mean…I honestly forgot”

      it means this…

      re: “hand off race duties to WSB rider Michael van der Mark.”

      there will be no robbing VDM of his 15 minutes (of fame).

    • Tim C says:

      Roughly translated it’s “such balls.”

  10. Joe from Canada says:

    Go Rossi, Go!

  11. H4 says:

    Sn alien indeed