Rossi Completes First Laps as He Returns to Riding Form

Following an enduro accident on August 31st, Valentino Rossi has been diligently working on his recovery from the double fracture in his right leg. 

The nine-time World Champion put his fitness level to the test and successfully completed a few laps around the Misano World Circuit Marco Simoncelli on a YZF-R1M yesterday,  before rain disrupted the trial run.

As the riding session was cut short due to the change in weather, the evaluation of Rossi’s physical condition was inconclusive. reports that Rossi managed a second session aboard the YZF-R1M overnight, with the nine-time World Champion able to complete 20 laps in total.

Rossi will undergo a medical examination – to verify the positive rehabilitation progress experienced in his latest testing session – after which he will make a final decision on his attempt to take part in the Gran Premio Movistar de Aragón. A further update will be given after the Italian’s check-up.

If Rossi Races this weekend it will mean he still has an outside chance of the 2017 – if championship leader Marc Marquez who is tied with Ducati’s Andrea Dovizioso both fail to bank points in the next two rounds.

A Rossi return at Aragón would see named replacement rider for the round, Yamaha World Superbike rider Michael van der Mark missing his first shot at the top tier of the sport.

Regardless, fans will be undoubtedly be pleased to see Rossi is well on the road to recovery. Can anything keep the man down? We don’t think so!