Published: 23:52 | 19/9/17

Rossi could make shock return at Aragon


Nine-time MotoGP champion Valentino Rossi is back on his bike just 18 days after breaking his leg in two places in a training accident.

The Italian, who underwent an operation on the double fracture of his right leg following the accident on 31 August, completed two laps at the Marco Simoncelli Circuit in Rimini on Monday before the session was curtailed because of rain.

Rossi will make a decision on Wednesday as to whether he can compete at this Sunday's Aragon Grand Prix in Spain, which is live on BT Sport 2 on the eir Sport platform [race time 1pm].

"As today's riding session was cut short due to the change in weather, the evaluation of Rossi's physical condition was inconclusive, a statement from his Movistar Yamaha team read.

"He will decide by the end of Wednesday, 20 September, whether he will attempt to take part in this weekend's Gran Premio Movistar de Aragon." 

The 38-year-old currently lies fourth in the standings, 42 points behind leaders Marc Marquez and and Andrea Dovizioso with five races of the season to go.

Rossi, whose only MotoGP win this season came in the Dutch TT in June, broke the tibia and fibula in his right leg while riding an off-road bike near his home town of Urbino.

He was also in hospital in May after suffering chest and stomach injuries in a motocross accident.

You can watch every MotoGP race live on BT Sport on the eir Sport platform. The 14th MotoGP takes place on Sunday, 24 Septembe at MotorLand Aragon in Spain at 1pm, and will be shown live on BT Sport 2.

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