Valentino Rossi Wins 2011 Laureus Award For Comeback of the Year

Rossi_Wins_Laureus_AwardLooking at the final point standings of the 2010 MotoGP season, it would be hard to tell that Valentino Rossi had injured his shoulder and broken his leg, forcing him to miss four rounds in 2010. That’s because Valentino Rossi still found a way to get onto the podium at the end of the season. For his accomplishment, Valentino Rossi has just been awarded the 2011 Laureus Award for “Comeback of the Year.”

The Laureus Academy, which is made up of 46 of the greatest sports people of all-time, recognized Rossi’s accomplishment on Monday. The Laureus Academy voted that Rossi’s return to racing, which only took 41 days after fracturing his right tibia, was the most impressive comeback of the year.

US golfer Paula Creamer, Belgian tennis star Justine Henin, American sprinter Tyson Gayand, and athletes Merlene Ottey and Carolina Kluft were also considered for the award.

The Laureus Academy awarded Rafael Nadal with the Sportsman of the Year Award and Lindsey Vonn, an American Skiier, with the Sportswoman of the Year Award.

Rossi continues to work hard in preperation for the 2011 season, but the MotoGP rider’s shoulder is still vulnerable. Rossi has until March 20th to build his strength before the MotoGP riders rev their engines in Qatar.

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From Duke Video: The 2010 World Superbike Championship Review

World Superbike13 rounds. 26 races. 1 World Superbike Champion. Duke Video’s The Official 2010 FIM Superbike World Championship Review brings you back to all the action of the 2010 season. From Leon Haslam’s photo finish victory over Michel Fabrizio, to a series of double victories by Max Biaggi, the 2010 World Superbike series was packed with high-speed action.

“The 26 race season was packed with last-gasp victories, elbow-to-elbow racing, breathtaking passes, huge crashes and an edge-of-the-seat title battle,” said Duke Video.

Watch James Toseland, Cal Crutchlow, and Jonathan Rea go head to head around the WSBK circuit. Watch Leon Camier, Noriyuki Haga, and Carlos Checa battle for the podium. Watch Max Biaggi fight his way to become the first Italian rider to claim the World Superbike title.

The 2010 World Superbike season had a fantastic field of competition, and 7 different riders found themselves on top of the podium. This video gives you all the racing action, but also great commentary and interviews from the World Superbike paddock.

“The 2010 World Superbike Championship was a thrill-ride you’ll want to relive again and again.”

You can check out The Official 2010 FIM Superbike World Championship Review and other DVDs from Duke Video here.

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