And although Rossi did not win any of the races last weekend, the Doctor was very pleased with his physical form throughout the Wrooom event. Apart from participating in the ice racing, Rossi also did a lot of skiing last week, and felt no major inconvenience from the shoulder he underwent surgery for in late November.
“Skiing helped me. I felt the need for it after spending the winter without doing anything,” said Rossi in an interview with Gazzetta dello Sport, admitting that he avoided doing any physical sports or hobbies during his recuperation period after the surgery.
“At one point the vertebrae told me 'you can't do that'. I'll just do two race laps and that's it. In the car it was easier compared to the kart. The shoulder hurt a bit just on the bumps. I feel pain if I try to raise my arm, not when I drive or ride the snowboard,” he added.
Earlier this month, Rossi expressed some fear about his physical condition, saying that he doesn't know whether he will be fully recovered – from a medical standpoint – for the first winter test of 2011, due to be held on the Sepang International Circuit in early February. However, with his shoulder feeling a lot better almost 3 weeks before the Malaysian session, the Italian is hopeful for the future.
“In the next two weeks I will work full-time to try to be in good form at Sepang. (...) I count on what the doctors have said, that the more time goes by, the quicker is the recovery. We are on schedule, in fact a bit ahead than predicted. Let's hope it's enough,” he concluded.