Valentino Rossi says he is feeling better equipped to cope with the physical demands of MotoGP this weekend at Motegi following his stunning return from injury at Aragon.

The Movistar Yamaha rider finished fifth in Spain only 24 days after breaking his leg in a motocross training accident.

Rossi’s hopes of claiming a tenth world title suffered a massive setback after he missed Misano as a result, but he exceeded expectations with a gutsy performance at Aragon and the Italian is aiming to build on the result at the Twin Ring circuit.

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“After my return to MotoGP in Aragon, the work and my recovery have continued. It was good to have two more weeks after the last race to work on my rehabilitation, because now we will have three races in a row and it will be important to be in a good physical condition,” he said.

“I did everything possible to get pretty fit for the round at the Motegi track, because this is always a very important GP for Yamaha. I like this circuit very much and I'm glad to be here. We will do everything we can to get the best result possible.”

Rossi is fifth in the championship with four rounds to go, 56 points behind Honda’s Marc Marquez.


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Have a solid race VR46.

Rossi is practically out of championship fight. 
All 3days forecasted with wet weather, so potentially a better way for him to start the triple in physically less demanding conditions whilst recovering with fitness. 
Appears like yamaha has made a step in wet weather performance with new chassis using which Vinales put a solid improved race in misano, conditions in which Rossi could have gone much better. 

Nothing to lose here for Rossi but has something to try & exploit for his advantage.

Championship is over. Just prep for next year.