UPDATE: Valentino Rossi Tested Fitness At Misano On Monday

Valentino Rossi's test to see if he is fit enough to compete at Aragon was brought forward a day. The poor weather expected for Tuesday and Wednesday forced Rossi to take to the track at Misano on Monday afternoon, according to reports from well-informed local paper Rimini Today.

The Italian paper reports that Rossi did four laps of Misano, before being forced to pull in due to the rain. Conditions were far from ideal, however, the track still having some damp patches from the poor weather the area has suffered. The report states that he rode a Yamaha R6 at the track, yet the (admittedly blurry) photos on the Rimini Today website seem to suggest this was an R1M, which Rossi often uses to train at the circuit. 

The photos (if genuine, though there is little reason to believe they are not) also show Rossi sitting very naturally on the bike, with a bent right knee and foot. That suggests his recovery is proceeding apace, though four laps on a road bike is nothing near the same as 27 laps at full speed on a MotoGP machine.

There has been no official word on the test. If Rossi decides to fly to Aragon, Yamaha will doubtless put out a press release. A decision on his participation will not need to be taken until Saturday lunchtime, however. Pata Yamaha WorldSBK rider Michael van der Mark has been called in to replace Rossi, and if he is to race, then Van der Mark must take part in qualifying.

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I can’t see him riding.   It’s so much work to ride at full speed.   And the championship is gone.   He’d need all three opponents above him to DNF at least once and he’d have to start winning races.   Seems like a tall order, even for the Doctor

As well as being a super fit elite athlete, VR has more money than God and many affluent parties including Yamaha and Dorna who would be happy to help fund any medical intervention that might aid his recovery. I have no doubt that a portable hyperbaric chamber https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hyperbaric_medicine will have been set up at his home and that any other treatments or therapies that can promote his recovery will have been deployed.

Still, it is amazing that he might race this weekend...