Valentino Rossi has tried to ease concerns over his health by telling fans he will do his best to be on track this Sunday for the Italian Grand Prix at Mugello.
The Doctor spent 24 hours in hospital last week after a MX training crash saw the Italian suffer chest and abdomen injuries. Whilst nothing was broken or any serious injuries were sustained, the injuries appear to be worse than the Italian or the Movistar Yamaha team want to let on.
Describing the pain in his abdomen as “severe”, Rossi will undergo checks at the circuit medical centre on Thursday, before a final decision is made on whether he can race at a circuit he has failed to win at since 2008.
“Unfortunately I crashed while I was training on a motocross bike,” said the 38-year-old.
“The pain in the abdomen and in the chest is still severe. Fortunately, my condition is improving day by day and this allows me to think a bit more positively about the Mugello weekend.
“My desire to be at the start of the Italian GP is so strong and I’m working on recovering as soon as possible. It will not be easy but I still have a few days to continue the treatment. On Thursday I will have to do the medical check-up to get the OK to go on the track.
“If all is well, I will ride my YZR-M1 on Friday to really understand my condition. I will do my best to be on track Sunday, for sure.”
The nine-time World Champion arrives at Mugello looking to make amends after his two mistakes on the final lap at Le Mans ended up costing the Italian the lead in the World Championship. His crash three corners from home means he now sits 23 points behind the Spaniard.
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