Only 73 days after an operation on his right shoulder, multiple MotoGP champion Valentino Rossi returned to the track at Misano Adriatico aboard a Ducati 1198 Superbike.
On November 14 at Cattolica’s Cervesi hospital, the Italian had undergone surgery on the supraspinatus tendon and the long head of biceps tendon, as well as cartilage in the Glenoid Labrum. The day at Misano was sunny but chilly, with a maximum air temperature of 50º F and a maximum track temperature of 59º. Valentino arrived at the circuit at around 1:20pm and met a team of Ducati technicians that included his own crew’s engineers, Matteo Flamigni and Gabriele Conti, as well as Ducati MotoGP Team Manager Vittoriano Guareschi.
Thirty minutes later, he turned the first laps aboard the 1198 to test the status of his shoulder which, although recovering nicely is still quite painful, a few days ahead of the first test in Malaysia with the Desmosedici GP11.
“First of all, thanks to Filippo (Preziosi) and Ducati who organized this test,” said Valentino. “Misano Circuit let us use the track on a day when Mattia (Pasini) was planning to ride 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 not doing badly with endurance but, apart from that, it hurts a lot and isn’t very strong. Let’s hope it gets a little better in the 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!”