• MotoGP champion could return 39 days after breaking leg
• Valentino Rossi happy that his doctors think he is fit to ride
Valentino Rossi is set to make a remarkable comeback from a badly broken leg by racing in this weekend’s MotoGP round in Germany.
Rossi, 31, suffered a compound fracture to his right leg in a crash during practice for his home grand prix at Mugello in Italy just 39 days ago, but is hoping to be back on the grid at the Sachsenring on Sunday.
The reigning champion said: “I’m really excited that my doctors think I can ride this weekend. Tomorrow I will see the medical officer and then we will have the final decision.”
Rossi stunned doctors and fans alike by taking part in a test on a Yamaha superbike on Wednesday last week, and followed that up with a second test on Monday.
The Italian completed 46 laps of the Brno circuit in the Czech Republic on Monday and has decided he is fit enough to race his Fiat Yamaha this weekend.
It is a remarkable return from the seven-times MotoGP champion, who was expected to be out for around four months. He said: “I know my MotoGP bike at the track is a different thing and it will be hard for me, but I miss my bike and my team and I want to try.
“I am really looking forward to seeing everyone and being back in the paddock; I was tired of being at home! Wataru Yoshikawa will be there as well, so if there is a problem he will ride my bike again.”
The test rider Yoshikawa has filled in for Rossi at the last two grands prix.
Rossi’s team-mate, Jorge Lorenzo, has taken advantage of the Italian’s absence to win the past three races and put himself in control of this year’s championship.
Rossi is over 100 points behind Lorenzo and the team manager, Davide Brivio, admits he expects the champion to take time to find his best form.
Brivio said: “Valentino has made a big effort to be ready to race in Sachsenring this weekend. He really wanted to be back riding his bike as soon as he could and so he’s worked hard to make his recovery as quick as possible.
“We expect him to take a couple of races to be up to speed and competitive at the top after his injury, but it’s very nice to see him back with us.”