News 16 Jul 2011

Ducati's Rossi re-injured in Friday morning fall at the Sachsenring

Valentino Rossi and Ducati endured another tough day on Friday in Germany.

Valentino Rossi and Ducati endured another tough day on Friday in Germany.

Valentino Rossi struggled to 12th place on Friday in practice for the German MotoGP round at the Sachsenring, injuring his right arm during a morning practice crash.

The Ducati Team rider is optimistic about improving upon his 12th-best time, which was due in part to the effects of the crash in the first 45-minute session that forced him to make a quick trip to the mobile clinic to treat a deep abrasion on his right arm and a blow to his chin.

In the afternoon, he was forced to leave his bike at the side of the track after it automatically shut off due to a small pebble that remained stuck from the crash, and he had to finish the session on his second bike.

“This morning’s crash caused a hole in my right arm that looks like a little anatomy lesson because you can see ‘inside’ as far as the muscle, but I also took a hit on my shoulder – the right one, which was operated on, and which now hurts a little,” he explained.

“It’s nothing too bad, and I wasn’t really affected much today. Let’s hope that’s also true for tomorrow, especially the shoulder. We did lose some time for working on the bike’s setup, also because I got stranded in the second session.

“It wasn’t due to technical troubles but rather to a small bit of debris that was stuck, causing a precautionary engine shutdown. I think that tomorrow we’ll be able to improve because we’re working on a setting that’s halfway between the Mugello one and the standard one, and we think it will be good for this track.

“At the moment we’re losing a lot of time in some sections because although the rear of the GP11.1 is much more stable under acceleration, which is important, we still haven’t found a good balance with the front. If we manage to find a compromise, I’ll be able to do much better.”

Rossi’s best lap of 1:23.533 was over a second off the pace of Marco Simoncelli’s quickest of the session at 1:22.225.