The longer than usual break following the San Marino GP, due to the inaugural Balatonring GP in Hungary being delayed until 2010, has given Randy de Puniet crucial extra time to recover further from a broken left ankle.
The LCR Honda rider sustained the injury during a motocross training accident shortly after claiming third place in July's Donington Park round.
de Puniet will start the final four rounds joint eighth in the championship with Gresini Honda's Alex de Angelis, as the pair battle to be the top satellite RCV rider.
“This break helped me a lot in recovering from the ankle fracture,” said de Puniet, who recently renewed his contract with LCR for a third season. “I feel better now and can finally race at 100 per cent. In the last two weeks I practiced a lot of sport to be fit for the rest of the season and my ankle is responding well.
“During the night it's still a bit swollen but I am not worried about that. The Estoril track is not one of my favourites because it does not suit my riding style but with four races to go I must do my best to score as many points as possible. Our target is to qualify in the top eight every race.
“After the new agreement with LCR for the 2010 I feel more relaxed and can concentrate in the final part of the championship,” the Frenchman concluded.
de Puniet finished 15th in last year's MotoGP World Championship and finished his first two years in the premier-class, with Kawasaki, in 11th (2007) and 16th (2006).