Getty Images

Valentino Rossi declared fit for MotoGP return 3 weeks after leg break

Leave a comment

Valentino Rossi has been declared fit to take part in this weekend’s MotoGP race at Motorland Aragon in Spain just three weeks after breaking his leg in a training accident.

Bidding for his 10th world title in 2017, Yamaha confirmed at the end of last month that Rossi had suffered a leg break while training, forcing the Italian to undergo surgery.

Rossi was forced to miss the latest MotoGP race in San Marino, but made his return to a bike earlier this week with some private test running at Misano.

Rossi announced on Wednesday his intention to take part in the Aragon Grand Prix weekend, with medical staff at the circuit on Thursday passing him fit to race.

Rossi will hit the track for the first time on Friday morning in opening practice at Motorland Aragon.

F1 2017 driver review: Kevin Magnussen

Getty Images
Leave a comment

Kevin Magnussen

Team: Haas
Car No.: 20
Races: 20
Wins: 0
Podiums: 0
Best Finish: P7 (Azerbaijan)
Pole Positions: 0
Fastest Laps: 0
Points: 19
Championship Position: 14th

Kevin Magnussen’s move to Haas proved to be a win-win situation for both parties through 2017 as they banished the struggles of the previous Formula 1 season.

For Magnussen, the move came after a difficult one-season stint with Renault who despite offering him a way back into F1 after a year on the sidelines were unable to produce a car allowing the Dane to fight far up the order.

Haas had not expected to be able to be that much further ahead, but Magnussen nevertheless immediately offered an uplift in performance after replacing Esteban Gutierrez, who failed to score a single point through 2016.

Magnussen picked up Haas’ first points of the season with a solid drive in China, and was able to capitalize on the bonkers Baku race to take P7, which would ultimately be his best result of the season.

Consistency was a real issue for Haas throughout the year as it continued to have teething problems most new teams encounter, and while Magnussen was more able to drive around the problems than teammate Romain Grosjean, he lacked the ultimate pace of his teammate.

That said, Magnussen’s season highlight came in Mexico, a track Haas expected to be its worst of the season. The ex-McLaren driver qualified on the last row but produced a stunning display to finish eighth, soaking up pressure from Fernando Alonso and Lewis Hamilton late on.

The signs are positive moving forward. Next year should be Haas’ best yet thanks to the stability in the regulations, presenting a good opportunity for Magnussen to prove his star quality.

Season High: Taking P8 in Mexico when Haas expected to be slowest.

Season Low: Lagging home P15 at Spa as Grosjean hit the points.