Rossi 'proud' of performance at Aragón
25 September 2017 – Valentino Rossi says he was "quite proud" of his performance at the Aragón Grand Prix, having competed at the sharp end just three weeks after breaking his leg.
Rossi sustained fractures of the tibia and fibula in his right leg in a training accident on August 31, and was ruled out of his home Grand Prix at Misano.
He also looked set to miss Aragón, with Michael van der Mark named in his place, but turned laps on a road bike last Monday and Tuesday at Misano to assess his fitness.
Rossi opted to travel to MotorLand and cleared the mandatory medical checks, before successfully completing Friday's pair of practice sessions, in damp conditions.
Rossi went on to claim a shock third in qualifying, completing the front row, and held second early on, before slipping back to fifth as the pain of his injuries intensified.
Reflecting on his weekend, the nine-time World Champion commented: "I'm quite proud, because a week ago I didn't know if I would be able to race.
"Achieving a start from the first row was already great, I was very happy.
"I knew I had to suffer in the second half of the race. I had some pain and we also suffered from the degradation of the tyre. The work continues after this race.
"The calendar works out well for me, I have two full weeks to train and improve my leg's condition.
"After this we have Motegi, which is going to be very important, but we also have three races in a row. This will be very difficult for my leg.
"I want to try to arrive in Motegi – maybe not at 100 per cent – but quite fit."
Rossi holds fifth in the standings, 56 points behind leader Marc Márquez, who won at Aragón.