News 13 Jul 2010

MotoGP: Rossi outpaces WSBK contenders in Brno testing

Rossi has been quick in testing on the Superbike, but no decision has been made on a MotoGP return.

Rossi has been quick in testing on the Superbike, but no decision has been made on a MotoGP return.

Valentino Rossi today completed a second day of testing, this time at Brno in the Czech Republic, in order to better understand his physical condition following the broken leg he sustained at Mugello five weeks ago. He once again rode a Yamaha YZF-R1 machine, provided by the Yamaha World Superbike Team to the Fiat Yamaha Team

Rossi completed 46 laps with a best time of 1:59.135. Sterilgarda Yamaha’s Cal Crutchlow set the fastest race lap of the weekend if the first leg on Sunday, his 1:59.291 slightly slower than Rossi’s best.

Following today’s positive test he will now wait for a final medical check on Wednesday before making a decision about riding at Sachsenring MotoGP round in Germany this weekend.

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

“Once I’d understood my physical condition today, I had great fun riding the R1 and even did some work on the settings. I want to say a big thank you to the WSB Team for staying on here another day and making this test possible for me.”

Wataru Yoshikawa, who stood in for Rossi at the last round in Catalunya, is travelling to Germany and has been entered as a substitute rider once again.

Yamaha awaits the reigning world champion’s final personal decision as to when he feels ready to ride again, their main priority being a full recovery to fitness for Rossi rather than a quick comeback.

If Rossi decides to ride in Germany, he will need final approval from the FIM Chief Medical Officer before he can participate in a grand prix.