Valentino Rossi may be set to make an incredible comeback to MotoGP action only 22 days after undergoing surgery to have a nail inserted into his broken right leg, after a successful test today at Misano buoyed the Italian with confidence that it might in fact be possible to ride at the Aragon Grand Prix this weekend.
Rossi completed 20 laps of his home circuit this afternoon on a Yamaha R1M following an initial four-lap first outing on Monday evening, coming away from the test with ‘an improved feeling and a more positive impression compared to yesterday’ according to an official Yamaha statement released after the test.
And while the team are reporting that he will undergo a medical examination tomorrow morning before making a decision on whether to attempt riding his MotoGP machine on Friday, Italian media are already speculating that Rossi will be packing his bags and heading for Spain following today’s successful test.
That’ll come as a disappointment to Yamaha World Superbike racer Michael van der Mark, already lined up as a replacement for the Italian this weekend. However, MotoGP rules say that the team have until as late as free practice three on Saturday morning before electing to replace Rossi, giving him time to find whether or not he can be comfortable on the M1 machine.
Having missed his home race at Misano last week, Rossi now lies some 42 points behind joint championship leaders Marc Marquez and Andrea Dovizioso with five races left.
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