Valentino Rossi is on track to make his return from injury as soon as next month’s Japanese GP, a week before the Michelin® Australian Motorcycle Grand Prix 2017.
Rossi is internationally known for riding at over 300km/h at tracks all over the world, but it was a low-speed accident in training that caused him to suffer a broken leg.
The nine-time World Champion was sidelined for 41 days when he broke his leg in 2010, and this time he is aiming for a similar return.
The Japanese GP begins 42 days after Rossi underwent surgery, and the Italian rider has already started his recovery with physiotherapy sessions.
“I learned from last time, that in this part of rehabilitation you have to take it day by day,” he told motogp.com.
“It depends on the pain – we are already trying to work to come back as soon as possible.”
Rossi’s accident happened on a leisurely ride through the countryside of his home town, Urbino.
“In a downhill section that was very low speed, I hit a rock and lost the steering,” he said.
“To stop myself from crashing, I put my foot on the ground, but it was deep and with all the weight of the bike on my leg, it broke.”
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“I will work every day to come back as soon as possible, and thank you to everybody for the support,” he said.
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