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Rossi says pain "severe", but remains determined to race

VR46 pushing hard to line up for his home GP at Mugello

Valentino Rossi (Movistar Yamaha MotoGP) has a fantastic record at his home GP at Mugello, but the Italian legend goes into the race this year following a motocross accident whilst training and is unsure as yet as to how he'll feel this weekend.

Pushing hard to recover as fast as possible, the 'Doctor' will test himself out on Friday for the event - but knows the home crowd will be behind him 100%.

Valentino Rossi: "Unfortunately I crashed while I was training on a motocross bike. The pain in the abdomen and in the chest is still severe. Fortunately, my condition is improving day by day and this allows me to think a bit more positively about the Mugello weekend. My desire to be at the start of the Italian GP is so strong and I'm working on recovering as soon as possible. It will not be easy but I still have a few days to continue the treatment. On Thursday I will have to do the medical check-up to get the OK to go on the track. If all is well, I will ride my YZR-M1 on Friday to really understand my condition. I will do my best to be on track Sunday, for sure."

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