Reigning seven time MotoGP world champion Valentino Rossi looks set to participate in his latest Ferrari F1 test, at Barcelona on Wednesday and Thursday, despite suffering an appendix scare.
The Italian superstar was briefly admitted to hospital late last week after experiencing acute stomach pains. Fortunately, surgery was not deemed necessary and the 30-year-old was sent home with medication to treat his inflamed appendix.
Rossi's condition is now said to have improved, allowing his Ferrari test - a reward for his 2009 MotoGP title victory - to go ahead as planned. Due to the strict F1 testing regulations, Rossi will be driving a year-old car at the Circuit de Catalunya.
Almost exactly one year ago, on the eve of 2009 MotoGP pre-season testing, Rossi fell through a glass coffee table and needed stitches to his hand and foot. The #46 still took part in the Sepang test.
2010 MotoGP testing once again starts at Sepang in early February.