News 7 Jul 2010

MotoGP: Rossi to make shock return on Yamaha Superbike

Yamaha has revealed that injured MotoGP World Champion Valentino Rossi will ride a Yamaha YZF-R1 at a private test in Misano, Italy, today.

The 31-year-old Italian has made an excellent recovery so far since breaking his leg at Mugello on 5 June and has decided to proceed with the test ride today in order to better understand his current physical condition.

According to Yamaha, riding a racing motorcycle will help Rossi and his doctors to plan the next stage of his rehabilitation program in order that he may return to racing as soon as he feels confident to do so. Speculation surrounds a return to action at the next round of the series in Germany at the Sachsenring – two rounds prior to his initial rumoured return for Czheck Republic’s Brno round in August.

The Misano shakedown test will take place using a YZF-R1 World Superbike machine provided by the Yamaha World Superbike Team to the Fiat Yamaha Team.

Yamaha has announced that it will inform the media later today of the results of the test and of Valentino’s condition, so stay tuned to for the full report.