Movistar Yamaha has confirmed that Valentino Rossi took part in a test session on an R1 Superbike at Misano on Monday afternoon, but the arrival of rain meant the evaluation of his physical condition proved inconclusive.

Rossi will decide by the end of Wednesday if he can try and ride at this weekend's Aragon MotoGP, which starts just 22 days after breaking his right tibia and fibula in an enduro training accident.

'Following an enduro accident on August 31st, Valentino Rossi has been diligently working on his recovery from the double fracture in his right leg,' read a Movistar Yamaha statement. 

'Today the nine-time World Champion put his fitness level to the test and successfully completed a few laps around the Misano World Circuit Marco Simoncelli on a YZF-R1M, before rain disrupted the trial run.

'As today's riding session was cut short due to the change in weather, the evaluation of Rossi's physical condition was inconclusive. He will decide by the end of Wednesday, September 20th, whether he will attempt to take part in this weekend‘s Gran Premio Movistar de Aragón.'

Yamaha WorldSBK star Michael van der Mark is already on standby to replace Rossi if the Italian is again absent, having already missed the San Marino MotoGP.

The words 'attempt to take part' suggest Rossi might try and ride in Friday practice before deciding whether to continue the Aragon weekend, given the inconclusive nature of today's outing. It is not clear if Rossi will try and ride the R1 again on Tuesday, weather permitting.

Rossi is fourth in the world championship and 42 points from joint title leaders Marc Marquez and Andrea Dovizioso, with a maximum of 125 points still available.

If The Doctor decides to risk an early return, the main motivation must surely be that he feels this year's title is still possible...


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Dr Rossi, stay put and let Van der Mark sub for you. You can wait till Motegi, don't fuck things up.

Some pair of balls

Proof that Rossi is still the GOAT

If he decides to ride he better make sure he has the pace seen in Silverstone... if not, go for a Motegi win, 2018 and let MVDM jump on the M1

TURBOSNAIL: Still the goat?   If he gets on that bike so soon after that injury, have to say, he's the: GOOSE.

Plenty of other  have ridden with fresher and equally nasty injuries like McCoy,  Manola,  Lorenzo,  etc. If Rossi feels fit to ride then I'm sure he is.  Traditionally he doesn't take big risks and I doubt he'd be doing it if he didnt feel fit.  It's not like his ride at Yamaha is in danger so the only pressure is what he feels. Anyone who jumps back on a superbike 18 days after fracturing 2 bones and racing for 21 years in the premiere class is a damn hero in my book.

42 points in 5 races to recover is a mighty task even for a fully fit Rossi. So it's not worth a shock return too soon & be vulnerable to worsen the situation. 
May be he might be aiming to defend his 4th place in championship from Dani to do which he still has a good shot given Dani's uncharacteristic On&Off form with little unpredictability, with his injury; now defending 4th is not a straight forward easy task but a job on hands to work for. 4th is his worst non-Ducati finish, probably doesn't want to record a new career low finish in championship. 

Valentino should wait until his leg has healed as it could make things a lot worse if he he comes back too soon and this is to me far too soon!  The title has now gone for him, so there is no rush so it makes more sense to sort himself out fully and not race this weekend. As much as I miss him on the track another few weeks of rest would be much better for him and his leg will be that much stronger. 

@Guna4699 Worst "non-Ducati" finish and talking of new career lows? I didn't know you could count them like that! Like, emm, Stoner's worst non-Ducati finish? Or Crutchlow's worst "I wasn't on the same bike as Marc" finish?