Valentino Rossi Declared Fit For Mugello

Valentino Rossi has passed a medical examination at the Mugello Circuit for his home race. The Italian will now take part in practice on Friday, with the objective of preparing for the race on Sunday. 

Below is the press release issued by Yamaha:


The Movistar Yamaha MotoGP Team look forward to starting their home race with their original rider line-up for this weekend‘s Gran Premio d'Italia Oakley.

Scarperia (Italy), 1st June 2017

Movistar Yamaha MotoGP‘s Valentino Rossi is declared fit to participate in this weekend‘s Gran Premio d'Italia Oakley.

Earlier this afternoon the nine-time World Champion underwent a routine medical check-up at the Autodromo del Mugello. VR46 fans from all over the world can breathe a sigh of relief, knowing that FIM Medical Director, Dr Giancarlo Di Filippo, the Chief Medical Officer of the Mugello Circuit, Dr Remo Barbagli and the MotoGP Medical Director, Dr Angel Charte have found Rossi to be in a suitable condition to take part in his home Grand Prix, starting with tomorrow‘s free practice sessions.


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No Italian doctor would ever declare VR unfit to race at Mugello, unless they have a desire to be struck off the medical register PDQ!  :D

David, what's the process for declaring a rider fit to ride if the injury happened outside of a racing weekend?

I know that if a rider goes down like Miller in Le Mans during a FP session he has to go through a medical evaluation so that he can ride the next sessions. But if an injury happens during an OFF day like what happened with Rossi, is it the team that has to voluntarily raise their hand and declare the accident? Has it ever happened before where a rider failed to disclose an injury prior to a race weekend? 

Bones and bruises are tough to hide but thinking more in terms of concussions. I can imagine a rider banging up their head a couple of days prior to Valencia when they are in the title chase and just like in the NFL they simply look the other way and forget to mention that they might have gotten a concussion. If it were me, I would probably do it but was curious to hear your thoughts. Thanks.