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43 days after a 111mph highside caused his right tibia to poke through his skin, Valentino Rossi plans to return to MotoGP racing. If he's granted approval by Sachsenring's chief medical officer, the World Champion will hobble to his M1 on the crutches he still needs in order to walk and race with a cast on his right leg beneath special boots and leathers specifically made larger to accommodate it.
"It will be hard for me, but I miss my bike and my team and I want to try," Rossi said at a press conference. "I am really looking forward to seeing everyone and being back in the paddock; I was tired of being at home! Wataru will be there as well so if there is a problem he will ride my bike again."
Think he'll be slow? At a test on Monday, Rossi lapped an SBK R1 within .6 seconds of that bike's usual rider, Cal Crutchlow's, pace while using the same tires.