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Valentino Rossi Says He'll Race at Sachsenring

Wednesday, July 14, 2010
Valentino Rossi gets back in the saddle at Misano aboard a Sterilgarda Yamaha World Superbike.
Rossi borrowed a Sterilgarda Yamaha World Superbike twice last week to gauge whether he was physically and mentally prepared to race once again. Rossi announced today that he intends to ride in this weekend's GP race in Germany if the Chief Medical Officer clears him.
The Doctor is back. Defending MotoGP World Champion Valentino Rossi announced his intentions to race in this weekend’s race in Germany at the Sachsenring circuit after a six-week absence. The only hurdle between Rossi returning to race action is clearance by the Chief Medical Officer at Sachsenring on Thursday.

"I'm really excited that my doctors think I can ride this weekend. Tomorrow I will see the medical officer and then we will have the final decision. I felt good on the R1 but I know my M1 at the track is a different thing and it will be hard for me, but I miss my bike and my team and I want to try. I am really looking forward to seeing everyone and being back in the paddock; I was tired of being at home! Wataru will be there as well so if there is a problem he will ride my bike again," Rossi said in a Fiat Yamaha press release.

Rossi has ridden in two private test sessions in the last week at Misano and Brno on a YZF-R1 provided by the Yamaha World Superbike Team. Despite limping out to the bike on crutches and admittedly out of riding shape after a six-week hiatus, Rossi was still able to log 46 laps at Brno and posted times that were only a second off of the winning World Superbike Superpole time set by Cal Crutchlow.

Valentino Rossi gets off crutches and onto a 220 hp Superbike at Misano.
He may still be hobbling around on crutches, but Rossi has shown the heart of a champion by testing twice in the last week and by expressing his desire to race at Sachsenring only six weeks after breaking his leg.
The Italian rider missed four consecutive races for the first time in his illustrious career after breaking his right tibia in a vicious crash during a practice session at Mugello. Rossi’s recovery time initially was projected at four to six months, but the combination of an intensive physical therapy regiment administered by a skilled medical team and a champion with the heart of a lion has accelerated his comeback. Yamaha test rider Wataru Yoshikawa, who substituted for Rossi in the last round at Catalunya, will be on hand just in case the Chief Medical Officer rules against Rossi’s return.

"Valentino has made big effort to be ready to race in Sachsenring this weekend. He really wanted to be back riding his M1 as soon as he could and so he's worked hard to make his recovery as quick as possible. We expect him to take a couple of races to be up to speed and competitive at the top after his injury, but it's very nice to see him back with us,” said team manager Davide Brivio.

Since Rossi’s absence, his Fiat Yamaha teammate has asserted himself as the number one rider in the world with three consecutive victories and five overall wins in seven races. Lorenzo has amassed a 52-point lead in the championship point standings without Rossi around to keep the pressure on him. But he has never won at Sachsenring, though he came ever-so-close last year before Rossi nipped him at the line by a scant .099-second.
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Shnapper -On the Podium  July 26, 2010 09:08 AM
And back to the TOP 3 and on the Podium Rossi is (Laguna Seca)..... Was there any doubt? Well maybe for a few that made negative comments, but those comments are now null...:)
unclewill -Back to my sheltered life  July 15, 2010 01:57 PM
No doubt one needs an ego the size of a semi truck to race at Moto GP level. Remember how Rossi tormented Biaggi until he cracked? Incredibly entertaining! But ego can also lead to ruin (Scarface anyone?).
Also, lying in bed for three months while your leg heals has gotta be boring, especially while all your freinds are having fun at the track.
Sachin -unclewill  July 15, 2010 12:26 PM
Unkil.....Nobody else than Rossi himself knows what he's gonna gain by coming back like this! ...cheers!
unclewill -THINK about it...  July 15, 2010 08:35 AM
What does Rossi gain by going back? He can't reasonably expect to win the championship, he's already a multimillionaire so he doesn't need the money, and he will ride again next season no matter what.
What does Rossi lose by going back? His leg doesn't heal properly and he doesn't ever get his speed back or worse, he crashes again and knocks himself out of crucial early races next season.
Prudence dictates waiting until he is 100% before going back, but he is ultimately responsible for his decisions isn't he? Time will tell...
lou -Rossi  July 14, 2010 07:09 PM
This is why he is THE CHAMP!!!! Heart like a lion!! Nobody can talk him out of it,he has to do it.It is the nature of the beast,a true fighter till the end!!!Good decision or bad only he knows.
shnapper -I see no harm  July 14, 2010 06:17 PM
Why some would say Rossi has the brain of a bird is beyond me, Keep smoking your crack! All this is based on the assumption he will crash again, no matter 6 weeks or 2 years a crash is going to do what it will do to the body. I think he will do just fine, the sooner he is the saddle the quicker he can get back on pace....I really think these negative comments should be avoided, maybe you all just live to sheltered a life....
R34 -Rossi on 2 again...  July 14, 2010 04:15 PM
Damn...reminds me of Lorenzo's rookie season when they had to prop him on his own bike to ride. Bold to say the least, but stupid. These guys make the NFL pros look like PU**IES regarding performing on injuries. My hats are off to them, they definitely earn their keep.
W-R -ROSSI  July 14, 2010 02:58 PM
unclewill -.  July 14, 2010 01:15 PM
Rossi has nothing to gain and everything to lose by racing again so soon. Heart of a lion, brain of a bird...
kk -sheesh  July 14, 2010 12:19 PM
^^ aint that truth, im cringing thinking about what it would feel like falling off the bike and slamming his leg on the ground....i know after i broke my thumb and it was healed it still hurt like hell for a long while if i even tweaked it the wrong way! Hes probably just getting tired of Jorge winning and wants to try and put a stop to it, and to that I say DO IT!
will parker -Rossi comeback..  July 14, 2010 11:42 AM
I just hope the dude doesn't fall off his bike and re-break his leg, ala Miguel Duhamel style..