13 Jul 2010

Rossi to announce return date this wek

11:21 am on 13 July 2010

The defending MotoGP world champion Valentino Rossi will this week decide whether he is fit enough for this weekend's German Grand Prix after testing a bike for the second time since breaking his leg.

The Yamaha rider, who suffered the injury during practice for the Italian Grand Prix last month, had been expected to be out for at least three months but has made a remarkable recovery.

The Italian first tested a Superbike last week at Italy's Misano and took advantage of crews staying behind in Brno after the weekend's Czech Superbike races to again try out his leg.

He turned up at the track on crutches but set decent times despite some pain in his shoulder and knee.

The 31-year-old, linked with a move to Ducati next season with some reports saying an announcement could be made in Germany this weekend, had previously targeted a comeback at the Czech Grand Prix on August the 15th.

The nine-times motorcycling world champion has missed four races and is a distant seventh in the standings behind championship leader and Yamaha team mate Jorge Lorenzo.