Valentino Rossi has already begun a course of physiotherapy on his injured right leg less than a week after breaking his tibia and fibula in an enduro crash and needing surgery last Friday morning to have the bone pinned back in place.
Speaking ahead of this weekend’s San Marino Grand Prix at Misano, his home race, the nine-time world champion says that he’s already begun preparing the steps back to the 2017 MotoGP championship sooner rather than later.
“It's a big pity that I can't be at my home GP. For sure, I was really looking forward to the round in Misano, because riding in front of the fans there is something very special, but I have to treat the injury with care. I know the team is supporting me during the rehabilitation process.
“Fortunately I'm fine, I'm not too bad and I've already managed to start some light physiotherapy. The recovery time isn't short, but I will do everything I can to get back on track as soon as possible. I have to say thanks to everyone for the affection you have shown me during these days. See you soon!”
And while he might be without a teammate this weekend, Maverick Viñales is confident that he’ll be able to fly the flag for the team as he aims to get his championship campaign underway as the final third of the season kicks off.
“Unfortunately we will arrive at the Misano Grand Prix without my teammate Valentino and it's a big shame. I know it‘s a very special GP for him, as it's his home race, and it will not be the same if he‘s not there. I wish him a quick recovery and hope to have him back in the garage as soon as possible.
“We are very motivated after the podium at Silverstone, we‘re working in the right direction again. I'm starting to have the same feeling on my M1 that I had at the beginning of the season and that gives me a lot of calm and allows me to focus on continuing to get points in each race. It's very positive that we were able to give a good performance in the test at the Misano track some weeks ago and we improved a lot of things on the set-up, so I will try as always to give my 100% to bring a new victory to Yamaha.”