Dani Pedrosa, who suffered multiple collarbone fractures when the throttle of his RCV stuck open in practice at Motegi on October 1, is flying out to Australia today (Monday) and will ride in this weekend's MotoGP at Phillip Island.
Pedrosa, who had the injury plated during surgery a day after the fall in Spain, saw his slim 2010 world title hopes officially end when Jorge Lorenzo secured the crown in Malaysia on Sunday.
But Pedrosa is keen to protect his second position. The Spaniard is currently 47 points ahead of Sepang winner Valentino Rossi, with three rounds and 75 points remaining.
“It was hard to take the decision to not go to Malaysia, but after another week I feel it was the right thing to do because during these days my condition has improved quite a lot. So I'm looking forward to getting to Australia and finding out how I feel on the bike," said Dani.
"I will arrive at Phillip Island on Wednesday to have some time to recover from the flight and rest a little bit.
"I know it will be tough because Phillip Island is a very demanding track and also the weather conditions can play a big part, but I really believe it's time to come back with my team and try to return to the high level of performance we had before the crash in Japan.
"After the operation I began rehabilitation immediately. The surgery was very successful and the plate was well fixed, so the main problem was not the collarbone but the stiffness in my neck and all around my shoulders.
"I've been having massage and doing exercises with my physiotherapist and I will keep this up in Australia. The championship is decided, but for us it's still not over.
"The target now is to retain second place in the standings and continue working on the bike so that we arrive in good shape for the winter tests, when we will start working for next year."