Valentino Rossi cleared to race in Italy

Dan Herrero

Friday 2nd June, 2017 - 6:00am


Valentino Rossi

Valentino Rossi has been declared fit to race in this weekend’s Italian Grand Prix but remains cautious about his physical condition after a motocross crash.

Rossi was examined at the Autodromo Internazionale del Mugello on the eve of his home round of the MotoGP world championship.

“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 have found Rossi to be in a suitable condition to take part in his home Grand Prix,” read a statement issued by Rossi’s Movistar Yamaha team.

While the 38-year-old will now take part in Friday practice, Rossi himself concedes that he will not know for sure if he is able to race until he has ridden the bike in those two sessions.

“In the last days, I improve a lot,” said the seven-time premier class world champion at Mugello.

“I had a lot of pain but I’m coming a lot better. I’m still not at 100 percent, I have some pain around, but the feelings are not so bad.

“We need to wait, we need to try to understand the feeling when I ride the bike, if I have some pain.

“We hope to improve step-by-step during the weekend.

Rossi was hospitalised after crashing a motocross bike during training in Mondavio, Italy a week earlier.

He was diagnosed with mild thoracic and abdominal injuries but suffered no fractures.

Free practice for Round 6 of the season begins this evening (AEST).