Rossi to test injured leg at Misano

Vale to ride 32 days after breaking leg

By Motorcycle.Com Staff, Jul. 07, 2010
Valentino Rossi is returning to the track in a private test in Misano, Italy, to evaluate the condition of his injured leg.

Fiat Yamaha rider fractured his right shin June 5 during a practice session for the Italian Grand Prix at the Mugello circuit and was expected to be out action at least until the July 25 U.S. Grand Prix at Laguna Seca.

Rossi will ride a World Superbike-spec YZF-R1 provided by Yamaha’s WSBK team at Misano. The session will help doctors plan Rossi’s rehabilitation program and provide a firmer timetable for his return.

Until breaking his leg before the Mugello round, Valentino Rossi had never missed a Grand Prix race in his career.

In the meantime, Rossi’s replacement Wataru Yoshikawa is penciled in for two more rounds, July 18 in Sachsenring, Germany, and the Laguna Seca round. The 41-year-old Yamaha test rider made his debut as Rossi’s stand-in at the Catalunya round where he earned a point as the 15th and final rider classified.

UPDATE

According to MotoGP.com, Valentino Rossi completed 26 laps over two sessions at Misano, recording an unofficial best time of 1:38.200.

Rossi rode with a modified right boot to accommodate his cast. Rossi reported some pain in his leg and shoulder but announced his intention to return for the July 18 Sachsenring round.

“We made this test in order to understand how we must work from here and to see more or less how I can ride the bike,” Rossi tells MotoGP.com. “The test was positive, because I can at least ride, but there is a lot more to a MotoGP race than to a test like this one. I had some pain in the ankle, the knee and the shoulder, but above all I lacked strength in the shoulder and a bit of movement in the ankle. I would really like to come back at Sachsenring, but it is still too early to say. We still have twelve days and we must wait and see how much we can improve my condition in the next few days. The Superbike today was good and great fun to ride! I really would like to ride at Sachsenring, but we must wait another week before making a decision.”