Valentino Rossi Tests Yamaha R1 On Track After Surgery

Rossi Completes First Laps Since Injury in Misano

The 38-year-old did some test laps at the Misano World Circuit Marco Simoncelli in Italy on Monday and Tuesday and chose to head to Aragon after a medical examination Wednesday.

Valentino Rossi will attempt to compete in this week's Aragon Grand Prix, the Movistar Yamaha team have this afternoon confirmed.

"The nine-time World Champion put his fitness level to the test and successfully completed a few laps around the Misano World Circuit Marco Simoncelli on a YZF-R1M, before rain disrupted the trial run, "Movistar Yamaha revealed in a statement". Yesterday I managed to complete 20 laps and find the answers I was looking for.

He underwent a medical in Italy on Wednesday and decided that while his leg had not fully healed, the result was "positive".

"I have made a decision to leave for Aragon to try to ride the weekend".

"If I will be declared fit to ride, I'll have the real answer after FP1 (first free practice on Friday), because riding the M1 will be a much bigger challenge". If this is forthcoming, Valentino will try to ride his M1, otherwise his trip to Aragon will have been a wasted one.

Rossi won the Dutch MotoGP in Assen in June to reignite his dream of a 10th world title and is fighting to be fit for the final races of the season which finishes on November 12 in Valencia.

Rossi arrives at Aragon MotoGP fourth in standings - just 24 points behind the men tied for the lead, Repsol Honda's Marc Marquez and Ducati Team's Andrea Dovizioso.

He added: "See you in Aragon".

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