Dani Pedrosa has been given the go-ahead to race in this weekend's MotoGP season opener in Qatar after making a sufficient recovery from wrist and knee injuries.
Pedrosa was last seen being stretchered away from the Losail circuit following an accident in testing last month, one that required him to have surgery and leave him facing a race against time to get back to full fitness.
However, the Spaniard says he is ready to ready to return to action at the same venue aboard his Repsol Honda RC212V having made a 'better recovery than expected'.
"First, I've got to say I'm really happy to be going to Qatar for this race. It's clearly been quite a difficult winter for me and not the preparation for the season that we would have chosen. But my recovery from the surgery in March has been good - probably a little better than we expected - and that means I have the chance to make the first race, which is great.
Although he admits the accident, which also forced him to miss the last round of testing at Jerez, leaves him on the back foot, he is confident he will soon be back to full competitiveness.
“Obviously I haven't been able to do the usual level of physical training while I've been injured, and we've missed out on some testing time, so we have some catching up to do. But I know my team hasn't been standing still while I've been away and I'm really looking forward to getting back on the bike and riding for the maximum result possible for my situation.”