I'm sitting here, working from home, listening to Radiohead and feeling acute pain in my shoulders after a solid workout on them yesterday. Later today my good lady and I are heading over to Spain to watch the Jerez MotoGP and sample the delights of the always divine Bocadillo con Cortado combo. It leads me to think about a certain Mr Rossi (and of course Cal Crutchlow, Dani Pedrosa and Kenny Noyes) who is still struggling to recover from his motocross mishap early last year which necessitated extensive surgery post-season.
The ever relevant and full of insight, Dennis Noyes, discussed in his blog the challenge being faced by Rossi and the Ducati team, one which finds them well off the pace, due in parts to the overall bike package, the riders physical impairment combined with the rapid progress of other teams at the front. Noyes' conclusions appear to be positive, the rider will heal and the bike package problems will be determinedly resolved, I remain to be less positive.
Having had both shoulders injured in the same way a few times now, the last being particularly problematic. I remain in pain daily with reduced mobility, the specialist tells me that one more off and it will be a 'big problem' (I didn't actually dig for more detail after he mentioned selling my bike and ice axes, I figured I'd save the surprise for later).
Now, I'm no Valentino Rossi, a supremely talented rider and a deceptively capable athlete; I'm also no superhuman 'latter-day warrior' MotoGP rider, with the kind of powers of recovery only Wolverine from the X-Men can exceed. What I do know with certainty though is that these injuries can take years to heal fully, if they do at all due to the bio-mechanical complexity of the shoulder. In pushing the limits of a less than optimal package to compete Rossi risks much, if he is to have another significant accident it may be career threatening, just look at what happened to Neil Hodgson last year.
As a fan of Rossi and of racing, I truly hope that this doesn't happen, one can only hope that the revised chassis developments coming out of Bologna produce a more rider friendly beast for us to enjoy this riders talents and provide us with the racing spectacle we had hoped for.
Okay, Friday ramble over, I'm off to get ready for the off. Suncream, check. Passport, check. Passes, check. Wallet, check. Wife, check.