Valentino Rossi talks Crash & Healing

Valentino Rossi’s Diary

I am sorry it has been such a long time since I wrote a diary, but as I am sure you can all guess this has been one of the strangest seasons of my (MotoGP) career!

The big ‘moment’ of the season of course for me was the crash at Mugello. It was a very scary time for me but I was very lucky that I was able to be treated by the very best doctors in Italy and they did a fantastic job to mend my leg.

The hardest time was at the beginning, when I was in hospital and I couldn’t move from my bed. Once I was allowed to go home it was easier because my friends were always beside me, keeping me entertained and happy.

It was very strange to watch (MotoGP) racing on TV but it encouraged me to work as hard as possible to get back on my (Yamaha) M1 as soon as possible.

I spent some time in a hyperbaric chamber, which accelerates the healing process and is like a big oxygen room! It’s not so much fun to be in there; one of my friends came in with me the first time but never again after that so I had to suffer on my own!

My leg healed very quickly and we soon realised that I could make it back to racing much sooner than expected, in the end it was at Sachsenring.

That first race in Germany was incredible and then again the next week in Laguna; getting onto the podium was an amazing feeling after such a low point in my career.

Honestly, I have to say that at that time I was sure that once my leg was back to 100% everything would be fine and I would be fighting to win again, so it has been disappointing to find that this has not been the case.

You will all have seen that I have not been strong in the last few races and this isn’t because of my leg, which is really back to its best now, but because of the shoulder that I hurt back in April.

We thought with time the shoulder would be okay but unfortunately it can’t heal by itself and it now seems likely that I will need an operation after the end of the season.

I prefer to do everything possible to avoid surgery and it’s still not 100% sure, but it’s looking more probable as time goes on.

My team are doing the best they can to set the bike up in a way that helps me but I am lacking half the strength in my shoulder so I really can’t ride in the way that’s needed to fight at the front.

Ciao, Vale 46 (Sept. 28)

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One of the few moto journalists based on the East Coast, Ron Lieback joined the motorcycle industry as a freelancer in 2007 and is currently Editor at Large at Ultimate Motorcycling. He is also the author of 365 to Vision: Modern Writer's Guide (How to Produce More Quality Writing in Less Time).