Rossi to attempt comeback at Aragón GP
20 September 2017 – Valentino Rossi will attempt to return to action at this weekend's Aragón Grand Prix, around three weeks after sustaining fractures to his right leg.
Rossi, who picked up the injuries in an enduro crash, got back on a bike (the YZF-R1M) at Misano on Monday and Tuesday, reporting an "improved feeling" on day two.
His initial outing came just 18 days after his double leg break, with doctors advising a rest period of around 30 to 40 days, following surgery.
On Wednesday, Rossi underwent a post-test medical exam, and the nine-time World Champion has decided that he will travel to Aragón to try to participate in the event.
He will need to successfully complete a mandatory physical check by the MotorLand Aragón Chief Medical Officer to be declared fit to take part in the weekend.
"Fortunately, yesterday I had a good test with my YZF-R1M in Misano," said Rossi.
"I tried also the day before, but the rain stopped me after a few laps. Yesterday I managed to complete 20 laps and find the answers I was looking for.
"Eventually, the test was positive and I want to say thanks to Dr. Lucidi and his staff, who helped me find the best solutions to feel the least amount of pain possible in my leg when I'm riding.
"Obviously at the end of the test I was in a little bit of pain, but this morning I went to Dr. Pascarella for a medical check, and it came out with a positive result.
"At the end I decided I will leave for Aragón and will try to ride my M1 this weekend.
"If I will be declared fit to ride, I'll have the real answer after FP1, because riding the M1 will be a much bigger challenge."
World Superbike rider Michael van der Mark, originally named as Rossi's replacement for Aragón, will be on standby, should Rossi fail the checks or pull out of the event.