Rossi Not Expecting Laguna Seca Win

Yamaha's Valentino Rossi insisted that he will not be able to challenge for a MotoGP win until later this season, as he is currently recuperating from his leg injury in the Italian Grand Prix. Although his form during last weekend's German Grand Prix, at Sachsenring, has been nothing short of impressive, almost leading him to a podium finish, The Doctor reckoned this weekend's race at Laguna Seca should not be tackled with winning expectations either.

The target remains to arrive at 100 per cent by Misano, and we'll try to do it before if possible. At Laguna I'll try to do better (than in Germany), but I think I'm still not ready to try to win,” said Rossi after his 4th place finish at the Sachsenring.

Last weekend, Rossi scored the second fastest time of the race and was passed for 3rd place by Ducati's Casey Stoner in the very last corner. More, he finished only 5 seconds behind winner Dani Pedrosa, which could be regarded as a great way to make a comeback from injury after one and a half months of absence. According to Rossi, it's all related to his mental health.

I think the mental side is more than the physical condition. When I feel very good and am working well, I feel my leg is stronger and my physical condition improves.”

From the mental side in one way it's easy, because you have less pressure - you don't have to win, like it has been in the whole of my career, more or less,” added the Italian rider, who is currently 6th overall, 111 points behind championship leader and Yamaha teammate Jorge Lorenzo.

The Italian has been the victim of two injuries this season, as his leg accident at Mugello was preceded by a shoulder injury in a Motocross event. The most encouraging part of Rossi's recovery is that he is getting better (medically) at both his arm and leg, which should set the base for a strong finish this season.
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