Rossi Still Feels Pain in Injured Shoulder

Valentino Rossi admitted that he is not fully fit for this weekend's race at Jerez, following the motocross accident he had earlier this month. The Italian picked up a shoulder injury in the process and admitted being very fortunate that the Japanese GP was postponed by the MotoGP officials, but confirmed he is still sensing some pain in his arm.

I have some pain and for me it was very lucky that Motegi was postponed, because for sure last week was more difficult than now. I had one extra week to work on my shoulder and I improved very much, but I still have some pain anyway,” said Rossi at a press conference in Spain.

The first practice session of the Spanish GP is scheduled to take place later today, and Rossi admitted that he won't know for sure how his shoulder will react until taking his Yamaha to the track.

The shoulder does a lot of different things. For some movements, I have no problems. For some other movements, I have a lot of pain. I have force in my hand, but some pain in my shoulder, so I need to wait to understand my situation. I need to wait until (practice) to understand how it is on the bike,” added the reigning MotoGP champion.

Rossi will come to Jerez to defend his win last year, as he finished ahead of Honda's Dani Pedrosa and Ducati's Casey Stoner. The Italian began this season in great fashion, “stealing” an important win from Ducati in Qatar, as the Losail circuit is known to suit the Italian manufacturer the most from the current MotoGP calendar.
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