This weekend's Czech Republic Grand Prix at Brno should see Dani Pedrosa racing 'pain free' for the first time in 2009.
The Spaniard underwent knee and forearm surgery after an accident at the Qatar pre-season test, then sustained a cracked thigh bone and muscle damage during a near highside at round six in Italy.
The Repsol Honda rider braved the pain of his injuries to start all ten races so far this year and was rewarded with a surprise victory at round eight in the USA. The brief summer break since Donington Park then allowed Pedrosa vital healing and training time.
“It was a short summer break, but it was long enough for me to get back into training properly and build my fitness to close to 100 per cent,” said Dani. “So I'm feeling ready for the second half of the season and I'm really looking forward to getting back on the bike and fighting at the front again.
“It's going be very important that I can now concentrate totally on riding the bike without any pain, and these last two weekends off have helped me in that sense. Brno is a circuit that I like very much: it's technical and demanding. Plus the weather is usually good which would make a nice change.
“We have the final day's testing for the season on Monday and it'll be important for us to do some more evaluation work on the new engine and modified chassis which we've been running at the last few races. I'm feeling fit and ready for this race and me and the team are ready to get out there and put in a good result.”
Pedrosa, who made a controversial switch from Michelin to Bridgestone tyres after last year's Brno round, will start this weekend's event fourth in the championship but certain to gain ground on the absent Casey Stoner, presently 35 points head of him, as long as he stays on the bike.