MotoGP UPDATE: World champ Valentino Rossi has made a great return to action

Rossi is back!

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MotoGP world champion Valentino Rossi has made a successful return to action, less than five weeks after breaking his leg in a crash.

The Italian rider, who sustained the injury in practice for the Italian Grand Prix, tested a Yamaha YZF-R1 superbike at a private test session at the Misano circuit and completed 26 laps.

He will make a decision on his participation at the German Grand Prix within the next week and told www.motogp.com: “The test was positive, because I can at least ride, but there is a lot more to a MotoGP race than to a test like this one. I had some pain in the ankle, the knee and the shoulder, but above all I lacked strength in the shoulder and a bit of movement in the ankle.”

Rossi added: “I would really like to come back at Sachsenring, but it is still too early to say. We still have 12 days and we must wait and see how much we can improve my condition in the next few days.”

Rossi finished 11 laps before returning to the track for 15 more, recording a best lap time of one minute 38.200 seconds. The 31-year-old was expected to be out of action for three to four months.

VALENTINO ROSSI’S father Graziano has said he suggested his son should consider retiring from motorcycle racing following his leg-breaking accident at Mugello MotoGP.

The nine-time world champion suffered a bad break to his lower right leg in the crash, undergoing surgery to pin the injury. Following the operation, Rossi’s father said he urged his son not to rush his return to racing, perhaps even to retire:

“Frankly I’ve tried to tell him that perhaps it would be better to delay his return, maybe even until next season or even better to never come back,” Graziano told Italian newspaper Gazzetta dello Sport.

“He looked at me and he simply told me that it’s not possible to leave bikes in this way.”

Valentino Rossi has been walking on crutches since the end of last month. His Spanish team-mate Jorge Lorenzo is leading the championship by 52 points after winning the last three races. Rossi has slipped to seventh overall.

Moto GP world champion Valentino Rossi completed on Monday a second successful testing session since breaking his leg last month. Rossi completed 46 laps on a Yamaha YZF-R1 superbike, the same  GP bike he rode on his return to racing a week ago at the Misano circuit in Italy. His best time on Monday was 1 minute, 59.135 seconds.

“Today was good, I felt better than in Misano but I still feel quite tired after a few laps and a race will be a much bigger question,” Rossi said.

The 31-year old Rossi is contemplating a return to competitive action at the weekend at the German Grand Prix, but could delay until the Czech Republic Grand Prix in Brno on Aug. 15.

“We haven’t made the final decision yet,” he said “I need to have some more x-rays on Wednesday and then my doctors and I will consider whether I can ride at Sachsenring.”

If he was to ride in Germany, he would require clearance from the Moto GP medical director. If he does not pass the required tests, Japanese rider Wataru Yoshikawa will again replace Rossi, as he did at the Catalan Grand Prix earlier in the month.

The seven-time champion underwent surgery for two-and-a-half hours following a crash in qualifying for the Italian Grand Prix on June 5. He was expected to be out of action for three to four months.

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