News 19 Sep 2017

Rossi a possibility for Aragon grand prix this weekend

Movistar Yamaha rider completes a number of laps aboard YZF-R1M at Misano.

Multi-time world champion Valentino Rossi could potentially line-up for this weekend’s 14th round of the MotoGP World Championship at Aragon in Spain, just under three weeks after suffering displaced fractures of the tibia and fibula in his right leg from an enduro accident.

The Italian was successfully operated on immediately after the incident, and returned to riding today in order to evaluate is level of fitness, prompting a possible return to racing this week.

The Movistar Yamaha rider completed a number of laps aboard a YZF-R1M superbike at the Misano circuit, however rain disrupted the trial session, which was ultimately called for the day.

Rossi will now decide by the end of Wednesday, 20 September, whether he will attempt to take part in the weekend’s Spanish grand prix at Aragon.

It was initially believed his injuries would take up to four-five weeks before he would be able to race aboard his premier class machine, although with the number 46 already back on the bike, it’s a clear indication his approach in recovery has been a successful one.

Last week it was announced that Yamaha WorldSBK regular Michael van der Mark would fulfil Rossi’s position, however with a potential return of the MotoGP veteran, van der Mark’s debut in the prestigious series could be denied.