Sete Gibernau will return to action in the final MotoGP pre-season test at Jerez after being forced to sit out Qatar with a shoulder injury.
The Spaniard suffered an aggravation of the shoulder, which underwent an operation over the winter, during a training session in February, thus forcing him to rest it while his rivals continued to test at Losail.
Although he admits he isn't quite '100 per cent', Gibernau is nonetheless ready to get back on track at his home Jerez circuit where he will be looking to get more useful miles on the Guinea Ecuatorial Ducati under his belt before the season starts next month.
“I left Italy feeling happy and relaxed, with my mind at ease having agreed with everyone that we will just have to see how things go in Jerez according to how much my shoulder can take,” he told the MotoGP website. “The aim is just to get back in contact with the bike and ride, as we don't think I can do too many laps in Jerez.”
“The whole shoulder was affected but it has healed quite well. I am not at 100 per cent yet but I'm getting better. Having had to rest completely means the muscle around the area has weakened so we can't go to Jerez and force things too much.
“I'll do some laps on the first day and see if I can do a bit more on the second day, but the main thing is to make sure I don't make anything worse before Qatar.”