German MotoGP: Valentino Rossi cleared to race at Sachsenring

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Valentino Rossi has passed medical checks at the Sachsenring circuit this afternoon and will compete in this weekend’s German MotoGP race.

The Italian had declared himself fit to contest round eight of the 2010 MotoGP world championship yesterday after medical assessments in Italy.

But his participation in this weekend’s Sachsenring clash was subject to final approval from the circuit’s Chief Medical Officer Dr Juber Fischer. Rossi has just passed the medical examination and will ride his factory Yamaha YZR-M1 in practice tomorrow afternoon.

The 31-year-old broke his right leg during practice for his home race at Mugello less than six weeks ago and it was initially thought he’d be sidelined until mid-August at least.

But the nine-times world champion has enjoyed a speedy recovery, though he is still walking with the aid of crutches.

He tested a Yamaha R1 World Superbike machine in Misano and Brno recently and Rossi, who missed the Mugello, Silverstone, Assen and Catalunya races, will be back in MotoGP action way ahead of schedule.

He won the season's opening race in Qatar and was lying second in the championship standings when he crashed out in Mugello.

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Matthew Birt

By Matthew Birt