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Sachsenring Friday Roundup: "Valentino Knows How To Go Fast"

The madness which unfolded at yesterday's press conference heralded the return of Valentino Rossi into the paddock. Rossi's return to the track was, by comparison, relatively ordinary, or perhaps we had just forgotten what he standard level of hype and fascination Rossi generates any time he is at a racetrack.

After worming his way through a wall of photographers, all desperate to capture his first meters back on the Fiat Yamaha M1, Rossi rolled out onto the Sachsenring circuit, and quickly demonstrated that no, his return had not been too early. Rossi led the timesheets early, and spent most of the session in the top five, before slipping down the order to finish the day in 7th.

"I'm happy because I feel quite good on the bike. This is the most important thing," Rossi said after practice. He was helped by the track, Rossi explained: "It has a lot of left corners, so it's a good track to come back."

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2010 Sachsenring Moto2 FP1 Result - Corsi Impresses In Germany

Simone Corsi set the fastest time at the debut of the Moto2 class at the Sachsenring, putting his Motobi ahead of the FIMMCO Speed Up of Gabor Talmacsi by over two tenths of a second, a significant margin at the short German circuit. Alex Baldolini set the third fastest time on the Caretta Technologies ICP, finishing ahead of Julian Simon on the Mapfre Aspar bike. Simon, along with a number of other Suter riders, has a revised chassis in Germany.

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2010 Sachsenring MotoGP FP1 Result - Pedrosa Lays Down The Law

Dani Pedrosa set the standard in the first session of practice for the MotoGP class, the Repsol Honda rider taking over the top spot with a quarter of the session to go with a convincing lap under the 1'22 mark. As the session neared its end, Pedrosa came under pressure from future teammate Casey Stoner. The Marlboro Ducati rider had himself taken over the top spot from Jorge Lorenzo at the halfway mark, and looked to be dominating practice, until Pedrosa put in an extra burst of pace.

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2010 Sachsenring 125cc FP1 Result - Marquez Picks Up Where He Left Off

Marc Marquez opened the first practice at the Sachsenring where he left off at Catalunya. The Red Bull Ajo rider topped the timesheets by a punishing eight tenths of a second, leaving the competition - thinned by the absence of Bancaja Aspar's Nico Terol, who is recovering from fractured vertebra picked up in his crash at Barcelona - a very long way behind. Pol Espargaro was closest, ahead of Tuenti Derbi teammate Efren Vazquez, while local boy Jonas Folger finished 4th.

Results:

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Return Of The King: Rossi Speaks At The Sachsenring

Valentino Rossi is back, and it shows. The paddock is buzzing again, as it did at Mugello, before the Fiat Yamaha rider suffered the vicious highside that snapped his tibia and put him out of action for the last six weeks. At the pre-race press conference, Rossi's answers were nearly drowned out by the frantic clicking of camera lenses, the Italian forced to squint in the barrage of flashlights going off.

"You could tell from the crowds round his motorhome that Valentino is back in the paddock," Nicky Hayden quipped. The press was no better, crowding round Rossi after the official part of the press conference was over, standing four deep to try and interview the Italian.

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Rossi: "Announcement On Future Only After Brno"

The rumors that Valentino Rossi is about to forsake Yamaha and go to Ducati have been growing ever since Mugello. But over the past few weeks, those rumors have been growing ever more frantic, with official announcements of the deal being predicted at Barcelona, at Brno after the test, and here at the Sachsenring. The latest rumors gathering pace in the Italian press is that a deal is to be announced at Laguna Seca, after the race there next weekend.

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Rossi Cleared To Ride At The Sachsenring

Valentino Rossi has cleared the first hurdle on his return to racing. Today, he was passed fit by the Sachsenring medical officer to race in Germany. The Fiat Yamaha rider will suit up for practice on Friday, to see whether the apparent fitness he showed during testing at Brno will carry over into the event here at the Sachsenring.

Here's the official press release from the Fiat Yamaha team: 


Sachsenring, Germany

Thursday 15th July 2010

ROSSI CLEARED TO RIDE IN GERMANY

Valentino Rossi has been officially cleared to ride at this weekend's German Grand Prix at the Sachsenring, six week's after his accident in Italy.

The Fiat Yamaha rider was examined by the Chief Medical Officer for this event, Dr. Huber Fischer, who found him fit enough to compete this weekend. Rossi will be present at the Official Press Conference at Sachsenring at 1700 CET today.

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As Expected, Rossi Hoping To Race At The Sachsenring

The news that everyone has been expecting for the past few days has finally been confirmed: Valentino Rossi will be coming to the Sachsenring in the hope of being able to race. Just six weeks after suffering a compound fracture of the tibia, and after an intensive program of treatment to get back into shape, Rossi feels strong enough to at least attempt to race, though his participation is still partly in doubt.

The first hurdle for Rossi to take is an examination by the Chief Medical Officer at the Sachsenring, who will determine whether he believes Rossi is strong enough to race. This may prove a bigger hurdle in Germany than at other tracks, as the doctors at the Sachsenring have been stricter with injured riders in the past than other circuits have been. But given Rossi's performance testing a Yamaha World Superbike R1, it still seems a fairly safe bet that Rossi will be permitted to at least attempt to race. 

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Rossi Official Press Release: Sachsenring Decision On Wednesday

Here at last is the official press release put out by the Fiat Yamaha team on Rossi's test at Brno: 


Brno, Czech Republic

12th July 2010

ROSSI TESTS AGAIN IN BRNO

Valentino Rossi today completed a second day of testing, this time at Brno in the Czech Republic, in order to better understand his physical condition following the broken leg he sustained at Mugello five weeks ago. He once again rode a Yamaha YZF-R1 machine, provided by the Yamaha World Superbike Team to the Fiat Yamaha Team

Rossi completed 46 laps with a best time of 1'59.135. Following today's positive test he will now wait for a final medical check on Wednesday before making a decision about riding at Sachsenring. Wataru Yoshikawa, who stood in for Rossi at the last round in Catalunya, is travelling to Germany and has been entered as a substitute rider once again.

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After Misano Test, Rossi Still Seriously Considering Racing At Sachsenring

After Valentino Rossi completed 26 laps of Misano on Wednesday afternoon, to test his fitness after crashing heavily and breaking a tibia at Mugello just over a month ago, the Fiat Yamaha team issued the long-awaited press release reporting the results of that test. Rossi's times were relatively encouraging: a 1'38.2 (though the Italian press is reporting it was a 1'39.3) is not too far off of competitive World Superbike pace. Cal Crutchlow's lap record at Misano - set on exactly the same Yamaha YZF-R1, though with Bridgestone tires rather than Pirellis - was 1'36.546, while the MotoGP lap record, held by Rossi himself, is 1'34.746.

What is clear from the press release is that Rossi feels he is close to the pace, but is still uncertain as to how his leg will hold up under race conditions. What is also clear is that the Italian is utterly determined to race if at all possible. Here's the press release from the Fiat Yamaha team:

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