Rossi Completes 24 Laps Of Misano, No Decision On A Return Yet

Valentino Rossi today completed 24 laps of the Misano Adriatico track today, in a test to evaluate how well the Italian has recovered from the broken tibia he suffered at Mugello a month ago. Rossi tested at the track aboard a World Superbike spec Yamaha YZF-R1, using the bike to evaluate his strength and his fitness.

While the world awaits the official word on whether Rossi has decided to race at the Sachsenring or wait until Brno, as originally scheduled, Rossi's team boss Davide Brivio has been keeping the world abreast of developments via his Twitter page. The final post by Brivio from the Misano track was generally positive, but gave no real hint of a decision, stating "Finished test.. 10 + 14 laps. Vale made a good job. Still some pain and now he knows more how to get better... Lap time was not so bad too!"

It would seem that Rossi's spells in a hyperbaric chamber have vastly accelerated the healing of his broken leg, but a decision to return could depend on more than just the condition of his tibia. The Italian is still struggling with a shoulder injury he suffered during motocross training, and Rossi's broken leg interfered with the rehabilitation work going on on his shoulder.

A press release is expected to be issued some time either late tonight or early tomorrow morning. Until then, the world awaits with bated breath.

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I wonder if he liked the feel of a superbike.

miss seeing De Doc on track but don't want him coming back too soon, reinjuring himself and making things worse. Pics on look good, like the Rossi of old. hoping 2 c De Doc on the Ducati since all it needs is someone to develop the chassis which he is the best at. With the red missile it has power now it needs the chassis. if Yamaha allow De Doc 2 leave they will los chassis refinement. Get well soon, see u at Brno.

I am such a sucker because just seeing photos of him riding made me all happy. Hope he knows when to come back for real though.

i for 1 also hope he waits! i would rather see hom back fully fit to spank that 99 back to planet earth..also i would love to hear what everyone thinks about a Rossi move to WSB?? would his presence alone make WSB more popular then motogp?? I love gp but lately with the controlling bodies making a mess of what was the greatest show on 2 wheels i would almost rather see Vale go to superbikes and maybe bring a few others from the gp grid....i know he will probably make the move to ducati and stay in gp for another year or 2, but honestly if he went to superbikes would the audience shift?? would we see packed grandstands in wsb and empty ones in gp??...comment??

i can't think of one way he would benefit from a return to the ring. besides scratching the racing itch. its been a month. the season is all but gone. the initial date of the czech make a hell of a lot more sense. i want to see him back asap. but i dont want to see a career ending crash.

How a WSBK spec Yamaha on Bridgestones behaved, felt and compared to his M1. Rossi is not going to WSBK, but a wee taste of 2012?

There are no fuel capacity restrictions in WSBK. In 2012 MotoGP will still have a 21L fuel capacity limit AFAWK right now. As long as fuel capacity restrictions are in place, the big manufacturers will be able to exploit an advantage over the smaller manufacturers by developing new fuel-saving electronics, fuel-saving mechanical doo-dads, and uber-expensive friction-fighting metal treatments and lubricants . The peak horsepower will be roughly the same for all 2012 GP bikes, but the horsepower over race distance will not.

If they got rid of fuel restrictions in GP or if they raised capacity back to 24L, MotoGP would probably function exactly like WSBK with many manufacturers at the front. However, it would be quite a bit faster. :)

Motorcycle engines have much higher compression than automobiles ergo they make more power and better economy (in general). Bikes make poor economy b/c they have drag issues with exposed wheels and riders who are rarely tucked in. The acceleration habits of the rider make a big difference as well. The R1 may have particularly bad economy b/c of the ignition timing challenges associated with the crossplane crank, but generally speaking, motorcycle engines are far more economical than automobile engines.

The only way to improve the efficiency of motorcycle engines is to add two wheels and a cage to the vehicle it powers. You're not advocating that, are you?

...turning out motorcycle engine powered cars :)

however i *am* advocating that prototype series should strive for efficiency.

now that pandora's electronic aids box has been opened, it won't close. you may remove the engine size restrictions, the fuel restrictions, and the electronics will stay anyway.

If GP or WSBK used standard pump fuel (like F1) and spring valves, maybe it would be worth while, but they don't.

They spend tens of millions of dollars on high octane racing fuel, pneumatic valves, and electronics to make the valvetrain and the ignition system work with the electronic rider aids. Then they spend tens of millions more (well, technically they don't anymore) on front tire technology to increase corner entry speed and reduces braking--the most inefficient part of operating a vehicle.

MotoGP fuel efficiency is a practical joke on the fans and the would-be entrants. If the MSMA wanted production relevant efficiency, they'd incorporate KERS. Instead, they banned it. It's a bad joke, please, don't enable them.

Kers is very difficult to implement on a motorcycle because in the classic design so much of the braking is done using the front wheel which has no connection to the motor. KTM tried it a few years ago on the rear wheel in the 125 class and the rider reported that the feel of the bike change so dramatically it was nearly impossible to feel the grip.

this is one of the reasons why regenerative braking hasn't taken hold in the obvious category of electric bikes (yet)

not all bikes on the motogp grid use pneumatic valves. the gp10 still uses desmo valves and so their fuel technology (arguably one of the best) is more directly transferable to street bikes (red ones :D)

i've always been a fan of the fuel limit rules, long before the switch to the ill-fated 800s.

I know KERS is difficult or maybe impossible to put on a race bike. I meant that the MSMA would put KERS on road bikes and stop the fuel masquerade in MotoGP. The next step for 1000cc engines is direct injection, but they don't need fuel limitations to test direct injection and stratified charging. No reason for them to do either, imo, b/c fuel efficiency in the production market is achieved by dropping capacity to 250cc or below. Maybe they aren't as fun to ride, but they get 70mpg.

I don't care if they want to maintain fuel restrictions at 24L or the classic 26L. I care that they are playing Group C prototype racing which is needlessly expensive and leads to production irrelevant technology like 900hp 5.0L turbo V-8s. If they took away capacity and induction restriction in GP, similar engines would be developed b/c we are still in the world of reciprocating 4-stroke engines. It shows two things 1. the MSMA are playing fuel efficiency racing games which have little or no production relevance 2. They are playing fuel efficiency games with a capacity/induction formula that is intentionally inefficient.

Why? Because the MSMA want what the MSMSA want. GP is in trouble b/c the MSMA's wishlist is incompatible with sport.

maybe on a race track you might only get 23 mpg, but on the street I can't see it

So good to see Vale on a bike again. I wonder what he thought of the bike he was on? And like most others, I question his desire to come back so soon.
As a huge Rossi fan, I was looking forward to bringing my giant Rossi banner to Laguna Seca this year, but after his crash I wrote him off for the race and I accepted that. I accepted that he would be out until Brno and even though he may be back early and in time for Laguna Seca, I would personally like to see him take a break. Only because I want to see him in full form when he does come back, with no chance of his injuries hampering him even further. I really hope Dorna isn't putting pressure on him to race because I think they owe him enough time to rehabilitate one hundred percent. If racing early adds no harm to his injuries, but actually helps it, then by all means I hope to see him on track, too! But if he does I wouldn't expect him to be on the front for awhile, perhaps it will be more of an exercise to help his body loosen up a bit then actually compete for a win.... but this is Valentino Rossi we're talking about, don't be surprised for him to prove us all wrong!

like he would go to WSB next year i believe all the ducati point would be if he would go there instead of racing 4 wheels after motogp....would the fan base favor WSB over gp??...can the goat flip the world of motorcycle racing on its heads??

If Rossi went to SBK, I'm sure the crowds would follow. SBK allready has more competive racing.

Stay home, Rossi. I know they say the best thing after an accident is to get back on the bike so you don't get spooked, but plz do not race at Sachsenring. Recover fully.

Seems to be a consensus here that Rossi should wait and not return too early, hopefully he heeds the call and doesn't rush it. No word on how well he is walking, or is he still on crutches?

according to the official reports (albeit with unofficial times):

"Rossi rode a total of 26 laps at Misano on a YZF-R1 WSB machine, provided by the Yamaha World Superbike Team, and recorded a best time of 1'38.200. Rossi did an initial run of 11 laps at 18.30 CET with a best time of 1'41.000, then a second run of 15 laps at 19.45 CET with a best time of 1'38.200 (unofficial times)."


Wasn't it Jorge who was helped to the grid on crutches last year, and didn't he score something like second place? I don't remember exactly which race it was, but I think that all you folks who are hoping that #46 stays in pitlane until he's fully fit are in dreamland.

My guess is that #46 will have the final say on when he's sufficiently (partially) fit to race. Isn't this what champions do? Lose a finger? Get back on the bike. (Bayliss). Got a lingering injury from a crash? Keep it to yourself, and get it fixed after the season ends, meanwhile, tell no one (Hayden in his championship winning season).

I agree and understand that it would be great if none of these guys raced when they were injured, as the risk of exacerbating the injury exists, and I'll bet their mothers all feel likewise. That said, I think the lure of racing competition, as felt by the rider, trumps all.

Also on a bike he hasn't raced. Almost as impressive as Spies.

... yes. That was a joke. Everyone stay cool :)

//edit. meant to be a reply to dude163

I found out how fast he would have been compared to the WSBK guys

he would have been 10th fastest ( I do realise he was using bridgestones )


"Rossi did an initial run of 11 laps at 18.30 CET with a best time of 1'41.000, then a second run of 15 laps at 19.45 CET with a best time of 1'38.200 (unofficial times)."

Ok, I know Vale was using 16.5 wheeels to suit his Bridgestones, but it ws still just a supped up road bike.

I was surprised to see steel brake discs too.

Also, I notice he was in odd boots. His broken right was a plain black model and his left, his normal.

What has to worry alot of the 75% of WSB riders is how damn quick he was. 1.5 seconds slower. On a bike he has never ridden. On steel discs. On a bike that is heavier and slower then he is used to.

All this with a still broken leg and iffy shoulder.

Said it before, will say it again. Legend. Its an overly used word, but not with this guy.

Game on. Him coming back IMO is the definition of who Valentino is and what he means to the sport.....I truly expected nothing less.

toni elias took 7 weeks to "recover" from his spiral fracture (which is a much nastier injury) in 2007

mick doohan took 8 weeks to "recover" from his horrible injuries in 1992 (you know, the one where dr.c had one leg feeding the other to keep it alive?)

furthermore, a return at Brno is *also* too early for this kind of injury. yeah, it's 4 extra weeks of recovery, but given the injury, it's actually not going to make that much of a difference. if he falls at brno he's likely to do just as much damage as if he falls at the ring or laguna (minus david's point of hitting an air wall). it takes many many months for an injury like this to heal to the point where another fall re-injuring it is less likely.

this is really more down to: can he actually ride the bike at the sachsenring considering pain and mobility and be reasonably competitive. if the answer is yes, he'll ride as it's clear that he wants to come back as soon as possible. not to win the WC, but to race...