Valentino Rossi Heads to Aragon MotoGP: Still Questionable

“Fortunately, yesterday I had a good test with my YZF-R1M in Misano,” Valentino Rossi says. “I tried also the day before, but the rain stopped me after a few laps. Yesterday I managed to complete 20 laps and find the answers I was looking for. Eventually, the test was positive and I want to say thanks to Dr. Lucidi and his staff, who helped me find the best solutions to feel the least amount of pain possible in my leg when I‘m riding.

“Obviously at the end of the test I was in a little bit of pain, but this morning I went to Dr. Pascarella for a medical check, and it came out with a positive result. At the end I decided I will leave for Aragón and will try to ride my M1 this weekend. If I will be declared fit to ride, I’ll have the real answer after FP1, because riding the M1 will be a much bigger challenge. We’ll see. See you in Aragon!”

If van der Mark substitutes, it will be his debut MotoGP ride: “Though it remains uncertain if I will get to ride the YZR-M1 this weekend, I‘m still looking forward to it. While I would like to get to step aboard the YZR-M1, I’m also fully supporting Valentino making his return. I’ll either get to make my MotoGP debut or, should I not be able to ride, I will get to see Valentino live in action as he makes his comeback.

“As I said earlier, I‘ve not been able to ride a MotoGP bike before the Grand Prix kicks off so, if Valentino ends up withdrawing from the Aragón GP, I will have to jump in at the deep end at the start of the next session and just try my best. However, after securing my first WorldSBK podium of the 2017 season in Portimão, I‘m having a good momentum to step up to the challenge. I want to thank Yamaha again for giving me this opportunity. I‘m sure it will be a good experience either way.”

Will Valentino Rossi ride at Aragon MotoGP?

The news of Rossi’s August 31 crash arrived after Rossi made history at Silverstone. There, Rossi became the only rider in GP history to achieve 300 premier-class starts. Rossi finished fourth at the British Grand Prix, and was forced to miss his home race at Misano.

So far this season Rossi achieved four podiums, including a win at Assen. With five rounds remaining, VR46 is fourth in points with 157, 42 behind the men who are tied for first, Repsol Honda’s Marc Marquez, who won at Misano, and Ducati Team’s Andrea Dovizioso.

Rossi also suffered another slight setback earlier this season during a motocross-training crash ahead of Mugello. He complained of pain in his stomach and chest, but raced anyway, and finished fourth at Mugello.

Rossi’s last fracture was during the 2010 Italian Grand Prix at Mugello; he missed six weeks of racing that year. That year he finished third overall.