LCR Honda’s Stefan Bradl has arrived at the Motegi circuit for the last of the three flyaway races, and following a medical check on Thursday, the 23-year-old has been declared fit for the Japanese round.
Doctors Tsuyoshi Karasawa (chief medical officer) and Michele Macchiagodena (MotoGP medical director) carried out the assessment, and Bradl will therefore participate in Free Practice on Friday.
The German rider broke his ankle in practice in Malaysia, when an innocuous spill became more serious as he caught his foot in the trackside Astroturf.
The 2011 Moto2 champion underwent immediate surgery, and bravely attempted to race at the following weekend’s Australian round, but was ruled out after struggling in the first practice.
Since then, he has been undergoing twice-daily physiotherapy sessions, and while he will not be at 100 percent, he hopes to be strong enough to give a good account of himself at Motegi.
“Of course I am happy to be back racing, especially on this track which is very important for Honda,” Bradl said. “On Friday in Australia I was ruled unfit and after that I have been having two physio sessions each day with the Clinica Mobile staff. I am off crutches now and the ankle is getting a lot better. I must thank the Clinica Mobile staff for their superb job. Compared with Phillip Island, Motegi has a lot of hard braking and slower corners, so I know it will be a tough race, but I am keen to jump back on my RCV.”