Valentino Rossi has been cleared by medical staff at Aragon and will be on track to assess his ability to race in Friday’s opening practice. Speaking during the pre-event press conference at the circuit, Rossi provided some insight behind his decision at such a quick return, having fractured his leg just three weeks earlier.
“First of all I am happy in any way to try. I need to understand the feeling with the MotoGP bike. In general, I feel quite good, not too much pain. I tried some laps in Misano and there was for sure a bit of pain but I can ride. We’ll wait for tomorrow to try and understand if it’s possible to ride the bike at a good level. And also this race is very important for improving for the next races, the next three, to come back at a good level earlier. We need to understand also the leg between Friday, Saturday and Sunday to see what happens.
“I work very hard, and have a good level of power and less pain. I think it’s important to come back on the bike as soon as possible and not stay off until another race.”
He went on to explain that direction changes and right corners remain particularly painful, but that pain lessens every time out.
When asked the question of whether or not he was returning to remain in the championship hunt, Rossi played at being modest. In short, no, he explained, it’s more to speed the recovery to 100%, but then quickly followed up with a comment about how “everything is open.”
The opening session is scheduled for 9:55 am, local time. Stay tuned for updates as the race weekend progresses.