Fears of a rider boycott at the forthcoming Japanese MotoGP, due to radiation fears, look to be over with seven-time world champion Valentino Rossi the latest big name to confirm his attendance.
Speaking in mid-August, Rossi had warned: "I really don't think I'll go to Japan. I was hoping the championship organisers would make the right decision, but that hasn't been the case and now we've got a serious problem."
Those words came despite an independent report declaring that the radiation risk at Motegi is 'negligible'. Motegi is located around 110km from the damaged Fukushima nuclear plant.
2011 MotoGP title leaders Casey Stoner and Jorge Lorenzo had initially been the most outspoken against attending, but subsequently softened their stance and - earlier this week - Yamaha confirmed that Lorenzo (and team-mate Ben Spies) will take part.
On Thursday afternoon at Aragon, Ducati rider Rossi also joined the 'will go' list.
"I will go to Japan for the race," he said. "All the [radiation] tests are negative. It looks quite safe so yes, I will go to race at Motegi."
The 2011 Japanese Grand Prix, postponed due to the earthquake and tsunami, will take place from September 30-October 2.