Doohan style: Rossi used thumb brake after leg break

Just over three weeks after he broke both the tibia and fibula in his right leg, Valentino Rossi (Movistar Yamaha MotoGP) secured a front row start at the Aragon GP and came in fifth in the race – having also held second for 11 laps. Such a finish was unimaginable only a few days before the race, and was made possible through Rossi’s incredible talent – and through a specific braking solution Brembo made available to remedy the problem of having a right leg working at less than 100%: the special thumb brake master cylinder. This enables the rider to control the rear brake without using his right leg to operate a pedal. Instead, he simply relies on a small lever mounted under the left handlebar that is controlled by his thumb.