Motorsport
Rossi's remarkable MotoGP return after leg fracture
MOTORSPORT

Rossi's remarkable MotoGP return after leg fracture

Dani Pedrosa was fastest at Motorland on Friday, but it was the returning Valentino Rossi who was the centre of attention.

Valentino Rossi came through practice unscathed as Dani Pedrosa set the pace at the Aragon Grand Prix on Friday.

MORE: Policeman hits cycling spectator with perfect shoulder charge

Rossi suffered a double fracture of his leg only three weeks ago, but the Italian was declared fit to make a remarkable return at Motorland and clocked up over 20 laps.


The seven-time MotoGP champion, who only missed the Misano round following a motocross accident at the end of last month, managed eight laps in a wet FP1 which ended with Marc Marquez quickest.

Rossi, who has been spotted hobbling around the paddock with the aid of a crutch this week, was 18th on the timesheets in the first session and 20th in FP2 after completing another 13 circuits on his Yamaha – only just avoiding the gravel when he misjudged turn 12.


Pedrosa led the way after he was the only rider to dip below two minutes, the Repsol Honda man clocking 1:59.858 on a track which was still wet in certain areas.

Jorge Lorenzo (2:00.072) was second fastest in the afternoon session ahead of Johann Zarco and championship leader Marquez, with Karel Abraham fifth.


Italian duo Michele Pirro and Andrea Dovizioso were second and third respectively in FP1.

Conditions are expected to improve when the riders return to the track on Saturday.

Share this article

Features

Latest stories

football

Bolt sets sights on football career in 2018

EPL

WATCH: Ryan keeps clean sheet as Brighton bury West Ham

basketball

Brett Brown hails 'exceptional' Ben Simmons after 76ers debut

Kaepernick files collusion grievance against NFL owners

basketball

Utah's Joe Ingles praises the 'Justin Bieber of Spain' Ricky Rubio

EPL

Arsenal lack 'cojones': Deeney

tennis

Nadal conquers frustrated Kyrgios to win 75th career title

WATCH: Walker becomes first Australian to score in the NHL

Rugby Championship

WATCH: Wallabies overcome Pumas in Mendoza

cricket

Injured Smith doubtful for Australia's T20 opener

Cam Newton: It's funny to be questioned about pass routes by 'a female' reporter

basketball

Spurs' Kawhi Leonard ruled out for entire preseason

MoreLess
Back to Top