When you’re a seven-time premier class champion, it will take a lot more than mild chest and abdominal trauma to keep you from racing; just ask Valentino Rossi.
The golden boy of MotoGP has been declared fit to take part in the Mugello MotoGP weekend, which won’t bring a smile to the face of Maverick Vinales, teammate of the 38-year-old, who currently leads Rossi by just 23 points in the MotoGP riders’ standings.
“VR46 fans from all over the world can breathe a sigh of relief, knowing that FIM Medical Director, Dr. Giancarlo Di Filippo, the Chief Medical Officer of the Mugello Circuit, Dr. Remo Barbagli and the MotoGP Medical Director, Dr. Angel Charte have found Rossi to be in a suitable condition to take part in his home Grand Prix, starting with tomorrow‘s free practice sessions,”
Yamaha MotoGP statement
Rossi, who missed Thursday’s press conference in order to allow himself as much recuperation time ahead of Mugello, will be excited to return to the northern valley in Tuscany, with the Italian the proud holder of two records, there:
- Most wins (9): 1997, 1999 and 2002-2008
- Most consecutive wins (7): 2002-2008
— Nicole Bivi (@NicoleBivi) May 31, 2017
Despite the impressive records from his younger days, Rossi’s recent form at the track in Italy has been mixed, with last year’s engine failure – his first since the 2007 San Marino GP – adding to the list of issues at Mugello.
In 2010, a nasty crash resulted in Rossi breaking his shin-bone and missing four races, which ultimately handed the title to Jorge Lorenzo.
A fifth place finish in 2012, a disappointing position for the home favourite, was then made worse when a return to his beloved Yamaha still couldn’t prevent Rossi from crashing out of the Mugello MotoGP in 2013.
It’s not all been bitter, though, for Rossi, with a podium finish in 2014, a fitting tribute on his 300th Grand Prix race.
You’d be a brave soul to bet against Rossi emerging victorious this weekend; the narrative is already written.