Italian Loris Capirossi has been declared fit to return to action at this weekend’s Japanese Grand Prix at the Twin Ring Motegi.
The 37-year-old was forced to miss the previous round at the Motorland Aragon track in Spain after he suffered a serious hand injury in a first lap incident with factory Ducati rider Nicky Hayden in Misano in early September.
The triple world champion underwent a 90-minute operation to repair damage to the little finger on his right hand but has been declared fit to race in Japan this weekend.
Sunday’s clash at the Twin Ring Motegi, which should have taken place in April but was cancelled because of flight chaos caused by an Icelandic volcano, is the start of a hectic conclusion to the campaign.
The Sepang and Phillip Island races follow immediately after Japan with the last five races taking place in six weeks.
Capirossi, who is expected to confirm his departure from Suzuki this weekend to sign a two-year deal with the Pramac Ducati squad, said: “My finger is at about 90 per cent, but it is only a finger so I am totally ready for the weekend.
"I am still having physiotherapy every day to get it better and will continue until the race, so by then it should be ok. I love Motegi, It is my favourite track of the year and I have good memories from there.
"I have won three times and it would be amazing to challenge the front guys – especially as it is a big weekend for Suzuki. I know that it is tough out there, but anything is possible and we have got to keep believing in ourselves.”