After almost two months recovery time Hiroshi Aoyama will be back on his Honda RC212V for the first time at the official MotoGP test on Monday after the race in Brno’s Czech Republic Grand Prix this weekend.
Aoyama, who fractured his 12th vertebra during a crash in the warm-up for the British Grand Prix in Silverstone, had decided against an operation after he spoke to several specialists and the bone is healing the natural way.
As the process of healing is going very well the 28-year-old Japanese star decided to get back on his bike after this long break at the test in Brno.
“I feel very well and I am happy with the improvements of my injury in the last couple of weeks,” the current 250cc Grand Prix World Champion said. “Yesterday my doctors did another X-Ray and the healing process of the broken bone is really good.
“I can move my arms and legs like before the crash. I just need to be careful with my back. I started training a couple of weeks ago and do cycling, swimming and go to the gym. It is improving step by step and I am almost back to normal again.
“I can’t wait to be back on my bike. If you have to watch all these races on TV, it is depressing and I want to come back as soon as possible. But when I will ride my bike again in a Grand Prix I will decide after the test on Monday.”
Aoyama will decide his racing return date after the test on Monday.
Team manager Daniel M. Epp looks forward to Aoyama’s comeback with the Interwetten team.
“We are glad that Hiro’s healing process is going so well and he is improving every time,” he explained. “He was able to start with the training already quite early and of course he wants to ride his bike again as soon as possible. Therefore we decided that the test in Brno will be a perfect opportunity to test his condition.
“After the test on Monday we will decide how to continue, nothing is decided yet. We are happy to welcome Hiro back to the team after such a lon g time of recovery.”
Spaniard Alex de Angelis has been substituting for Aoyama during his time off, again racing this weekend at Brno.