Archive for June 28th, 2010

Defending MotoGP world champion Valentino Rossi has this weekend released a statement from his home in Italy with news of his condition, and his return to the world of motorcycle racing.

“Three weeks have passed since the accident and two since I was discharged from hospital, and I am very happy about how my recuperation is progressing. I am feeling a lot better and I’m starting to live a semi-normal life again, although for a completely ‘normal’ life I will have to wait until I’m back on my bike!

“I am walking with crutches and since a few days I’ve been able to put my foot to the floor. Honestly, I didn’t expect to feel this good just a few weeks after the incident, and I mean both physically and in my ‘spirit.’

“The rehabilitation is continuing as usual, both sitting in the hyperbaric chamber and with some exercises in the gym. Unfortunately my shoulder is still giving me some pain but I am working on the muscles to reduce the pain a bit. If the rehabilitation proceeds without trouble and if everything continues in this way, then my objective is to return at the Czech Grand Prix in Brno.

“I have started to leave the house and my good friends haven’t left me on my own for even a minute, although I’m not used to spending so much time in Tavullia! I miss my bike, my team and the paddock a lot and this ‘new’ sensation is pushing me to get better as quickly as possible.

“I’ll speak to you, but more importantly see you, soon.

“Ciao, Valentino Rossi.”

So there you have it. We’ll see you in Brno Vale, it’ll be good to have you back.

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We know Jenson and Lewis can drive but how much do they know about the mechanical aspect of their car?

This latest viral video from McLaren and Vodafone is quite entertaining. We see Jenson Button and Lewis Hamilton being left by their mechanics to put together what looks like the 2008 McLaren from a load of parts.

It’s clear Hamilton has had a bit more practice with the tools than Button, taking control of the wrench! He says he always enjoyed taking things apart…though Button clearly doesn’t have confidence that he can put things back together! I wouldn’t want to be Gary, having to test this car!

It’s great to see the chemistry between the two Brits and they seem to be genuinely happy working together.

Is there a career as a mechanic when they hang up their drivers’ overalls? We’re not so sure. Don’t give up the day job boys!