Movistar Yamaha’s Valentino Rossi believes he made the right choice to race at the Aragon MotoGP round, taking fifth place only three weeks after breaking his right tibia and fibula in a dirtbike crash.
Yamaha had lined up Michael van der Mark to replace The Doctor but the young Dutchman wasn’t required as Rossi made steady progress over the weekend to fight for a podium spot from the front row. Although Rossi admitted he didn’t know a week ago whether it would be possible.
“It was a good weekend because I always feel quite good with the bike, with some pain but I can ride in a good way. Starting from the front row yesterday was already great. I was very happy. I know that today in the race it would be more difficult,” said Rossi, speaking at Aragon.
“But, anyway, it was a great race. I did a good start and in the first laps I was strong. I can fight for the victory with Lorenzo and Marquez. In the second half of the race I know that I have to suffer. I was more tired than normal and I feel some pain.
“Also we suffer a bit with the degradation of the rear tyre. Anyway it was a good fight and to arrive in the top five is sincerely a result that I don’t expect, I don’t think I am able to achieve. It was very good.
“I’m very proud and very happy because one week ago I didn’t know if I am able to race. But we work well. We made the right choice. Perhaps risking a bit but I want to try not to lose another race because the more races you lose, the more time you need to come back to your level.”