Published: Fri, September 22, 2017
Sport | By Ellis Neal

Rossi Cleared to Ride at Aragon MotoGP

Rossi Cleared to Ride at Aragon MotoGP

Former MotoGP champ Valentino Rossi passed his FIM MotoGP Dr medical check this morning and has thus been cleared to ride at Aragon.

Valentino Rossi was right at the sharp end early on as the track was still sopping wet, but as it dried The Doctor slid down the order to 20th place with a 2'01.917 but is still only two seconds off the pace with a recently-broken leg.

That well known Rossi Luck is undoubtedly a factor here. Only 22 days after his enduro accident, in which he suffered a fracture of the shin and fibula, Valentino Rossi will swing back onto his Yamaha M1 in the MotorLand Aragón.

Providing he comes through that with no adverse effects he will attempt to qualify on Saturday ahead of the following day's 14th round of the 18-race series. Rossi will use Friday practice to assess whether he will be able to contest for the remaining weekend.

The 38-year-old rode his first couple of laps around the Misano circuit on Monday before the session was cut short by rain, his team said.

Rossi, who won seven of his world titles in the premium class, is fourth in the rider standings, 42 points behind leader Marc Marquez.

Following uncertainty over Rossi's recovery, Yamaha had announced World Superbike rider Michael van der Mark as Rossi's replacement at the Aragon GP. He declared that the nine-time World Champion is fit to ride, 21 days after sustaining a leg injury. So far, Rossi's test rides have been on slower road bikes.

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