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Abu Dhabi, UAEMonday 18 June 2018

Valentino Rossi back on Movistar Yamaha bike 18 days after double leg fracture

Rossi underwent surgery in Ancona, in eastern Italy, on September 1, a day after a crash in training, discharging himself from hospital the following day

Valentino Rossi of Movistar Yamaha MotoGP is back on his bike 18 days after a double leg fracture. Mirco Lazzari / Getty Images
Valentino Rossi of Movistar Yamaha MotoGP is back on his bike 18 days after a double leg fracture. Mirco Lazzari / Getty Images

Italian motorcycling star Valentino Rossi has returned to training just 18 days after suffering a double leg fracture, his Movistar Yahama team confirmed.

Rossi underwent surgery in Ancona, in eastern Italy, on September 1, a day after a crash in training, discharging himself from hospital the following day.

Rossi, 38, rode his first couple of laps around the Misano circuit on Monday before the session was cut short by rain, his team said.

"The evaluation of Rossi's physical condition was inconclusive," the team said with a decision expected midweek on whether the veteran will attempt to take part in this weekend's Aragon MotoGP.

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If Rossi cannot compete his place should be taken by Dutch Superbike rider Michael van der Mark.

Rossi missed the San Marino Grand Prix but remains fourth in the standings, 42 points behind world champion Marc Marquez of Spain and Italy's Andrea Dovizioso with five rounds to go.

Rossi won the Dutch MotoGP in Assen in June to reignite his dream of a 10th world title and is fighting to be fit for the final races of the season which finishes on November 12 in Valencia.