For the second time since breaking his leg at Mugello five weeks ago, Valentino Rossi was on the track, completing a day of testing to further assess his physical condition.
The 31-year-old Italian piloted a World Superbike Yamaha YZF-R1 around Brno in the Czech Republic for 46 laps on Monday, posting a best time of 1:59.135. This is a very competitive time, considering Yamaha’s WSBK rider James Toseland posted a 1:59.699 during last weekend’s Brno Superpole.
Fiat Yamaha says the test went positive, but Rossi will make the final personal decision on when he’ll return. If the nine-time world champion decides to return for Sachsenring this weekend, Round 8 of the MotoGP Championship, he will need final approval from the FIM Chief Medical Officer.
Rossi’s expected to make his decision on Wednesday, after he has X-rays to measure the stage of the recovery of the fracture in his right leg.
Valentino Rossi says : “Today was good, I felt better than in Misano but I still feel quite tired after a few laps and a race will be a much bigger question. We haven’t made the final decision yet, I need to have some more x-rays on Wednesday and then my doctors and I will consider whether I can ride at Sachsenring.”
“Once I’d understood my physical condition today, I had great fun riding the R1 and even did some work on the settings! I want to say a big thank you to the WSB Team for staying on here another day and making this test possible for me.”
Rossi’s first test since his nasty highside at Mugello was conducted at Misano last Wednesday. VR 46 rode one of Yamaha’s World SBK motorcycles for 26 laps, posting a best time of 1:38.200. After that test, he reported having pain in his leg and shoulder.
After his crash during practice for Round 4 at Mugello, he missed that round and the subsequent three: Silverstone, Assen and Catalunya. Rossi, who currently sits in seventh place with 61 points, 104 points behind his teammate Jorge Lorenzo who leads the championship, was not expected to return until the Czech Republic GP in August.
If Rossi decides not to return this weekend, Wataru Yoshikawa, who stood in for Rossi at the last round in Catalunya, will be his substitute rider once again. During Catalunya, Yoshikawa finished in 19th.
But if he does return, he will have 11 rounds to redeem a higher standing in the 2010 MotoGP Championship.