Rossi fit to ride home grand prix

Elias Hubbard
June 3, 2017

Valentino Rossi is determined to take his place on the grid at the Italian Grand Prix despite being in "severe" pain following a motocross accident.

His team-mate and home favourite Valentino Rossi will have something to say about that, though, having qualified second - much to the delight of his Mugello faithful.

The Movistar Yamaha MotoGP Team look forward to starting their home race with their original rider line-up for this weekend's Gran Premio d'Italia Oakley.

Rossi, a nine times world champion across all categories, said he was doing all he could to be ready in time.

Rossi made an uncharacteristic error to allow Vinales to snatch a stunning victory after a breathless battle at Le Mans two weeks ago as the younger man clinched his third GP win from five so far this season.

MotoGP organisers said he had been excused attendance at a scheduled news conference on Thursday in order to "minimise his commitments during the weekend" after the crash during training in eastern Italy.

"It will not be easy but I still have a few days to continue the treatment", he said on Wednesday.

"If I get the okay on Thursday, on Friday I will take part in the free training session to get a clearer idea of my condition". "In the morning I suffered a lot, I had a lot of pain on the right, especially on acceleration, but then the afternoon was a bit better".

He is now third in the standings some 13 points behind team-mate Maverick Vinales with Dani Pedrosa sandwiched between the pair.

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