Movistar Yamaha rider Valentino Rossi has admitted that he’s still ‘in severe pain’ as he goes into his home race this weekend at Mugello still suffering the effects of a motocross crash that saw him hospitalised overnight last week.
The Italian fell while training and suffered chest and abdominal injuries, but was lucky enough to escape without any bone fractures in the fall. Nonetheless, he admitted ahead of the weekend that he’s in far from ideal shape for a crucial race for him after a strong showing last time out in Le Mans.
“Unfortunately, I crashed while I was training on a motocross bike. The pain in the abdomen and in the chest is still severe. Fortunately, my condition is improving day by day and this allows me to think a bit more positively about the Mugello weekend.
“My desire to be at the start of the Italian GP is so strong and I'm working on recovering as soon as possible. It will not be easy but I still have a few days to continue the treatment.”
And while he’s aiming to take part in Sunday’s race, the start of a crucial part of the season with four races in the next five weekends, it’s still not confirmed for sure that he’ll compete.
“On Thursday I will have to do the medical check-up to get the OK to go on the track. If all is well, I will ride my YZR-M1 on Friday to really understand my condition. I will do my best to be on track Sunday, for sure.”
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