Valentino Rossi returns this weekend in Germany for MotoGP!

PROGRAMMING NOTE: The German MotoGP from the Sachsenring will air LIVE on SPEED on Sunday, July 18 at 8:00am EST.

It was a fitting return to the center stage of MotoGP for Valentino Rossi, the nine-time world champion regarded by many as the greatest motorcycle racer of all time.

A packed press conference, that featured glowing tributes from rivals, welcomed Rossi back to the public limelight in advance of Sunday’s German MotoGP at the Sachsenring.

Rossi has stunned the racing world with a seemingly miraculous recovery from a compound fracture of his tibia suffered just 42 days ago at Mugello in practice for the Italian MotoGP.

His legend is sure to grow this weekend although Rossi is playing down expectations of a victory after missing four races.

Rossi’s recovery speed has been reminiscent of his record-breaking pace on track. He has defied initial suggestions by doctors that his recovery would take five months.

“First of all the doctors said five months but this is to play football, not to ride the bike,” Rossi said as he recounted the thought processes during recovery. “It looks like riders are crazy but we are lucky because when we have pain; we have the best people and doctors to help us and then I think the passion that we have for riding motorcycles makes up the rest.

“All these guys have done the same.”

That reference was to his fellow MotoGP ‘aliens’ seated alongside him at the press conference — Dani Pedrosa, Casey Stoner, and Jorge Lorenzo. While Rossi has been away his Yamaha teammate, Lorenzo, has won three successive races and taken a commanding lead in the world championship.

The title chase is over for Rossi but not his determination to win over the final six races commencing at Aragon in Spain in September. His return here at the Sachsenring this weekend, and confirmation that he will be at the US Grand Prix at Laguna Seca next week, is part of that winning plan.

“These two races are very important for me so that I can be in good shape for the last part of the season,” he said. “I need to be back on the M1 and have the right feeling and then go step-by-step to be in a position win races at the last six GPs of the season.

“Now I’m not 100% so this is just to improve my condition.”

Rossi admits Sunday’s 30-lapper at the tight and twisting Sachsenring will be a huge physical challenge. Speed will not be a problem, endurance will.

“I have worked a lot on my physical condition and the muscles to have more power in my leg but for sure it will be difficult to make the race distance although I’m in good shape to ride,” Rossi said. “It has been difficult to be away but I didn’t have any particular bad feeling to watch the races on television. When you are unable ride you are quiet on the sofa at home, but when you know it is possible to come back you cannot stay at home, you have to try.”

Spanish rivals Pedrosa and Lorenzo led the praise for Rossi on his return, both admitting that his presence only adds value to MotoGP and the value of racing and winning.

Pedrosa, who has had his share of broken bones and painful injuries, was not alone in being stunned by Rossi’s return after just six weeks.

“This is a record time to be back, from my own injuries I know this is a super-fast comeback” Pedrosa said. “I’m happy Valentino is back because it is always great to race against him. When you race against someone who is as fast as he is then you always have to improve yourself.”

And Lorenzo, the rider who is set to inherit the mantle of star rider at Yamaha next season with Rossi bound for Ducati, was also full of admiration.

“I think everybody is happy to have Valentino back,” Lorenzo said. “He is the rider who has more world titles and he is one of the riders who makes the show. Everyone is happy to see him back and I’m so happy to fight with him again.”

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