Official MotoGP testing kicks off next week in Sepang, but Valentino Rossi managed to slip in a quick fitness test at Misano on a Ducati 1198.
The test was conducted so Rossi could get an indication on how his shoulder was healing since it was operated on in November.
So how did it go?
Valentino Rossi said:
“First of all, thanks to Filippo (Preziosi) and to Ducati, who organized this test. Misano Circuit let us use the track on a day when Mattia (Pasini) was planning to ride in order to confirm his own condition. The track more or less confirmed what we expected: the shoulder is painful—especially under braking, when the front area hurts, where they stitched the tendon. Movement is stable enough, and we’re also doing not so bad with endurance, but apart from that, it hurts a lot and isn’t very strong. Let’s hope it gets a little better in these next few days before the test in Malaysia. Once we’re there, we’ll work with the riding position in an effort to make the most of the situation and collect important information with the Desmosedici, even though I’m not in top form. Today I did a total of 25 laps on the 1198 Superbike, which is sort of a ‘historic’ motorcycle for Ducati: beautiful and fast. I liked it!”
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