Suddenly, it looks like the Valentino Rossi the world is in awe of might be back. First, it was the clear comfort he displayed on the new aluminum beam-framed Ducati Desmosedici GP12, now he’s had the metal that was put in his leg after the 2010 Mugello crash removed. The former champ tweeted this picture, saying, “Hello guys, here’s the plate and screws that were inside my leg. I didn’t know they were green!” That broken leg ended Rossi’s championship hopes in 2010 and, some would argue, combined with the crappy GP11 to scupper them last year too. 2012 is going to be interesting.

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