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Rossi Decides to Race Sachsenring This Weekend – FIM Doctor Must Approve

Provided the Chief Medical Officer of the FIM approves tomorrow at the Sachsenring circuit, Valentino Rossi intends to be aboard his Yamaha M1 at the MotoGP race this weekend.   The remarkable comeback, just over a month after his violent highside seriously mangled his leg, is credited in part to effective physical therapy and time spent in a hyperbaric chamber.  What follows is the official press release from his team.

The Fiat Yamaha Team is reunited at the Sachsenring this weekend, when runaway championship-leader Jorge Lorenzo will be joined by Valentino Rossi after the latter’s six-week absence. Rossi’s recovery from his broken leg in Mugello has gone so well that the reigning World Champion is hoping to return to action earlier than expected, although he will have to receive full approval from the Chief Medical Officer at the circuit tomorrow before he can confirm if he will ride. Wataru Yoshikawa will once again be present and will ride the second M1 if Rossi is unable to.

The undulating wooded hills of the Sachsenring brought about another neck-and-neck Fiat Yamaha battle last year, with Lorenzo missing out by the skin of his teeth to his team-mate. This year however Lorenzo comes to the German track as the man-of-the-moment, having won three races on the bounce and an incredible five in total from seven rounds this season. The 23-year-old Mallorcan has only one Sachsenring podium to his name. but he will be planning to add another this weekend as he looks to extend a championship lead that already stands at 52 points.

Rossi has missed four races over his injury and currently sits seventh in the championship standings. The 31-year-old has been recovering at home in Italy and has undergone an intensive rehabilitation programme, which has resulted in him being back on a bike earlier than expected. The nine-time champion has produced some masterful displays at the Sachsenring over the years, including a superb race in 2006 when he won from tenth position and he has a total of five wins at the track. The evergreen Italian has had two successful tests on a Yamaha R1 in the last week and has been given the all-clear by his doctors, he just has to await the decision of the event Chief Medical Officer tomorrow before he can be sure of riding.

Wataru Yoshikawa stood in for Rossi at the last round in Catalunya and the Japanese test rider will be present in Germany this weekend and ready to ride if needed. “Though only one month has passed since Mugello, Valentino is back and I am amazed at the marvellous recovery he has made.” Said the 41-year-old. “I respect his decision to try to ride, and it seems from the R1 test he did that he is still very fast! I am ready to ride if I need to, but it will be good if Valentino is back in his rightful place. I have learnt a lot riding the M1 in a racing environment and I think it will be useful in my future development work.”

Jorge Lorenzo – 1st, 165 Points. “A nice challenge”
“Sachsenring is a track that I like, but I’ve never won there. It’s the same for Laguna so I’m excited about these two nice challenges before the holidays! Sachsenring is quite a difficult track, with a lot of ups and downs, and it’s also one of the shortest tracks in MotoGP. We don’t know about the weather, it can be very hot there but it would be better than rain. I’m happy Valentino is back, welcome to him!”

Valentino Rossi – 7th, 61 Points. “Looking forward to being back”
“I’m really excited that my doctors think I can ride this weekend. Tomorrow I will see the medical officer and then we will have the final decision. I felt good on the R1 but I know my M1 at the track is a different thing and it will be hard for me, but I miss my bike and my team and I want to try. I am really looking forward to seeing everyone and being back in the paddock; I was tired of being at home! Wataru will be there as well so if there is a problem he will ride my bike again.”

Wilco Zeelenberg – Team Manager Jorge Lorenzo “We can afford to be carefull”
“Sachsenring is an interesting track and it’s not one that I know, but it seems Yamaha has a good record there. Jorge has never won, in fact he only has one podium, and I don’t think it’s one of his favourites but he is in great form so we have to feel confident of a good weekend. We have won three in a row and I don’t think we can win every time so as usual our target will be to get onto the podium. We have a 52-point lead in the standings so we can afford to be careful and not to take too many risks.”

Davide Brivio – Team Manager Valentino Rossi “Happy to have him back”
“Valentino has made big effort to be ready to race in Sachsenring this weekend. He really wanted to be back riding his M1 as soon as he could and so he’s worked hard to make his recovery as quick as possible. We expect him to take a couple of races to be up to speed and competitive at the top after his injury, but it’s very nice to see him back with us.”


  1. Ruefus says:

    I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again…..the guy has 7 world titles, is widely considered the greatest motorcycle racer of all time.

    He’s got exactly NOTHING to prove and doesn’t need the money or recognition. He could recover fully and use this injury as an excuse to go drive Formula One. But……nah. He wants to go hang it all out there as soon as possible.

    Pure Racer.

  2. Trpldog says:

    I was thinking this morning, what if Rossi races, and by accident someone else runs into him or knocks him down. Think how the other guy would feel if Rossi injures the same leg. What if it gets re-injured so bad that it sidelines him forever. Its not out of the realm of possibility. It’s not like Rossi would be considered a sissy if he waited a bit longer for a more complete and stronger heal up before getting on the bike. I don’t want to be a pessimist, but I hope this decision to ride now doesn’t turn into something much more serious. Being a street bike rider since 1973, I don’t discount the fact that he may need to get back into the thick of things because he may need to prove to himself that he simply can. Many of us have crashed and broken limbs on bikes, and needed to get back in the saddle – if for nothing else, for ourselves.
    Helmets off to his gutsy move.

  3. Vroooom says:

    Not sure it’s smart, but the guy has balls.

  4. DT says:

    Incredible. Good to see him back on the track. I want a hyberbaric chamber too! LOL!

  5. W Devine The Woodlands, TX says:

    Rossi…. Welcome back to Moto GP !!!

  6. Trpldog says:

    Simply…. WOW.

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