Movistar Yamaha rider and MotoGP living legend Valentino Rossi has admitted he’s expects the Motegi track to cause his leg more issues than Aragon.
After the inspiring performance that he turned in at Aragon, the still-recently injured Valentino Rossi has conceded that he might have to play it safe for the upcoming Japanese GP at Motegi.
The venerated Italian shamed more than half the grid when he secured a fifth-place finish for himself at the summation of the Aragon Grand Prix – only 21 days after sustained multiple fractures and undergoing emergency surgery.
While Rossi reminded everyone that he’s as hungry to win as ever, the likelihood of him turning in a similar performance remains low. While Rossi was happy to report that his condition was “a lot better” than it was at Aragon, he believes the large amount of right-handers will pose his recovering leg problems:
“There are more right corners [at Motegi]. Aragon was good for me, because it has a lot of lefts, like Phillip Island – maybe here [I have] some more problems.
[More] hard braking also is difficult, because with less power in the leg I have to force more with the shoulder.
After Aragon for two or three days I had some pain, because I unfortunately I have less help from the leg. But we have to see.
I hope we can be ok, also because my physical condition is a lot better compared to Aragon.” – Valentino Rossi
Rossi may have dropped down a bit in the championship standings, but the tenacity with which he conducts his excursions out on track serve as a reminder that while the vet may be hurt, he is certainly far from defeated.
Sitting fifth in the standings does mean that Yamaha’s aspirations of a title win rest squarely upon Maverick Vinales’ shoulders, but given how dynamic the championship fight has been, anything could happen in the remaining rounds.