Valentino Rossi was cleared to participate in this weekend’s Gran Premio d’Italia Oakley at Mugello.
The nine-time World Champion underwent a routine medical check-up at the circuit. FIM Medical Director, Dr Giancarlo Di Filippo, the Chief Medical Officer of the Mugello Circuit, Dr Remo Barbagli and the MotoGP Medical Director, Dr Angel Charte found Rossi to be in a suitable condition to take part in his home Grand Prix. Rossi spent a night in a hospital last week after a motocross incident.
The Doctor aims to add another top result to his previous record of seven back-to-back premier class victories at Mugello from 2002 to 2008, three third places in 2009, 2014 and 2015, a 250cc win in 1999, a second place in 1998, and a 125cc win in 1997.
“Unfortunately I crashed while I was training on a motocross bike. 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. I will do my best to be on track Sunday, for sure”, Valentino Rossi commented earlier.
Valentino Rossi was cleared to participate in this weekend’s Gran Premio d’Italia Oakley at Mugello
The Yamaha team aims at another strong performance after the success at Le Mans.
“We plan to deliver another strong performance here, at a circuit that has always been a good track for us”, team director Massimo Meregalli said. “Maverick [Viñales] is still on a high from his victory in Le Mans, where we saw three Yamahas fight for podium places. We’re certain that with his determination, he will be fighting at the front again this weekend. It is also an important weekend for Valentino. He is really motivated to take part in his home Grand Prix as his condition improves day by day.
Viñales added: “After the race in Le Mans I could only say that I‘m so happy and so pleased. The team was working at an incredible high level. I‘m sure that we will continue like that. We have a really good bike for a circuit like Mugello, with a really good grip. And we have to make the most of that. The next rounds will be all-decisive and it will be crucial to take the victory in Mugello. For sure I will keep fighting. We are going to push at our 100% and we‘ll try to do our best, as always.”