If all goes well, we may just see our hero Valentino Rossi racing again at this weekend’s GP at Sachsenring – 43 days after his crash at Mugello. The bone-breaking crash, which saw Rossi’s tibia hutting out of his skin was said to be a season ender for the Doctor, but miraculous as the Doctor has always been, he seems to have healed more quickly than anybody could have imagined and looks all geared up for a comeback.
Even while being injured, Rossi has been amazing one and all with his feats. Last week ago, we brought to you the updates of his test on a WSB R1 at Misano – where even with a rattled right foot and enormous pain he managed to be only slightly short of the pole-position timing of the bike he tested. Then on July 12th, 2010, Rossi tested the R1 superbike at Brno, Czech Republic, completed 46 laps, and bested the fastest lap time produced by the World Superbike Race a day prior by 0.1-seconds, drowning the lap record in just one day EVEN WHILE BEING INJURED.
Now Rossi is ready to get back to the racetrack officially this weekend as long as Moto GP’s Chief Medical Officer approves of it. We’ll get to know by evening whether or not he will race in Deutschland. Rossi’s personal doctors have given him the go ahead already.
“Compared to Misano I have felt a lot more in shape [at Brno],” Rossi told Gazzetta dello Sport. “After eight laps my shoulder and knee hurt, but I’ve made huge steps over the last five days. Last week everything would hurt. Being on the bike is good for me.”
“Let’s wait for the last medical exam,” he said. “If I decide to come back it means I’m able to do it. It won’t be a crazy thing. But I’ve really grown tired of staying home. I’ll need a couple of races to be competitive again: I expect to be able to show what I can do at Misano.”
Wataru Yoshikawa, will race in Germany in case Rossi is unable to race.