Rossi surgery update: Sepang test

Nine-time world champ confident of fitness following shoulder surgery

VALENTINO ROSSI has said he is aiming to take part in February's MotoGP testing at Sepang, following surgery to an ongoing shoulder problem.

After undergoing a successful operation in Italy a fortnight ago, the former World Champion said he was planning to start rehabilitation by taking gentle exercise by swimming, followed by more intensive physio in the gym: "It's important we keep the mobility in the shoulder. Now the stitches have been removed, I can start rehabilitation in the pool and gym with a view to taking part in the MotoGP tests in early February."

Official 2011 MotoGP testing commences at Sepang, between 1-3 February