Rossi defers comeback decision after test

Milan: MotoGP world champion Valentino Rossi will decide on Wednesday 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.

"I`m very happy with how it went. I`m a lot more in form than last week," the 31-year-old told reporters after testing a Superbike at Brno in the Czech Republic on Monday.

"Now I`ll have to wait to take a decision on Wednesday after we have some X-rays as to whether I race or not in Germany. Doing a full race will be a different story, but I still have another couple of days to get a bit better."

The Italian first tested a Superbike last Wednesday at Italy`s Misano and took advantage of crews staying behind in Brno after Sunday`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. Testing on MotoGP bikes during the season is banned.

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 Aug 15.

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.

Bureau Report

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