James Ellison says he is confident he will return to British Superbike action for the next round of the championship at Mallory Park later this month.
The Swan Honda rider has been sidelined since the second round of the season after sustaining a leg injury in a high-speed accident at Thruxton.
Coming just two weeks after signalling his title-winning intentions by triumphing at the Brands Hatch opener, the injury has forced Ellison to miss three events, including Thruxton.
Nonetheless, with a month-long gap between Cadwell Park and Mallory Park, Ellison reveals he is no longer on crutches, while he will even take to the Swan Honda in an upcoming test session.
"We are going to get out on the Swan Honda for a test before the next round at Mallory Park as I obviously haven't ridden it since the crash at Thruxton,” he told the BSB website in his latest blog entry. “I am really excited to get back out there and with more time before the next round I should be able to come back in a position to score some good points for the championship.
"I will be back on a bike this weekend though; I am taking our Swan Honda pillion bike for a charity ride out for Help for Heroes around the lakes which starts at Windermere on Sunday. Anyone can come along and all the money goes to charity so check out their website for all the information if anyone wants to join in.
"I am now just looking towards Mallory Park and getting back out on the Swan Honda again. I am nearly completely off the crutches now and Martyn Porter who has been helping me get back to fitness has been great. I am now resting it and doing what I can in terms of training before I can get back out on track - I can't wait!"
Despite missing three events, the change in this year's rules and regulations means Ellison still has a shot at the title. Indeed, with the points set to be equalised after nine events, Ellison needs only to get inside the top six to qualify for the shootout – he is currently just 39 points adrift of John Laverty with dropped scores still to take into account.