During his injury break, Valentino Rossi spoke about the accident, the healing process and the discussion of the MotoGP riders’ risky training. Valentino Rossi’s hopes for a comeback in Aragón have been dashed. The Yamaha champion will be replaced by Superbike World Championship driver Michael van der Mark. Rossi suffered a fracture of the shin and fibula in an enduro accident on 31 August. The 38-year-old is now aiming for a comeback at the Japan GP from 13 to 15 October.
“I was riding my enduro bike with friends behind Urbino, which I did with my father when I was 18 years old. So, I touched a rock at a slow speed on a downhill section and lost control. I tried to avoid a fall and put my foot on the ground, but it was far below me and all the weight of my bike shifted to my leg, so it broke,” Rossi described his accident to motogp.com. Rossi missed his home race in Misano and is now 42 points behind world championship leader Marc Márquez. “The leg hurts, but overall I feel good. I feel much worse because it was terrible to throw away important points in the overall standings and not be able to drive in front of my fans in Misano.”
“This is also very dangerous”
Rossi kicked off the debate on how many MotoGP riders are allowed to take risks when training on motorcycles. “We talk about this topic often. We are motorcyclists and the best way to train is to ride a motorcycle. This is also very dangerous. We don’t always have to ride a motorcycle to train, but it’s important to do so. I suffered a training injury for the second time this year, first before the Mugello-GP. We have to think about how we can train,” says the nine-time world champion.