Having used the two-weekend summer break to gain further strength, Dani Pedrosa is aiming to battle for his third victory of the season at Brno on Sunday.
Pedrosa has undergone surgery on both collarbones this year, a corrective procedure to restore blood flow in the left being followed by a fresh break in the right, after a controversial clash with Marco Simoncelli at Le Mans.
Absent for four races, Pedrosa returned for round eight at Mugello, then took a shock win in the following German GP. The Repsol Honda rider was again in victory contention at Laguna Seca, but struggled for strength and was forced to settle for a fifth podium of the year.
"These two and a half weeks have flown by for me, but I really enjoyed this break," said Pedrosa. "The truth is that I needed it, first of all to rest after the last few races that were physically hard for me but also to disconnect a little and to train, to get back my physical strength and be fit again.
"My holidays have been a combination of all. When I got back from Laguna I spent some days doing nothing just to relax the whole area of the neck, arms and back. After this I've been combining physical training with relaxation exercises to avoid over stressing the area. Now I'm looking forward to competing again and enjoying the races until the end of the season.
"The bike is working very well this year so I hope we can get good results and win races in this second half of the Championship. Brno is a track I like, I've won there in 125 and 250, and I've had some podiums also in MotoGP so to fight for the victory is a challenge for me and I'm very motivated."
Monday's post-race test will then see Pedrosa make his debut on Honda's 2012 1000cc bike.
"I'm also looking forward to the test at Brno with the 1000cc. bike. I missed the first one in Jerez due to the injury [at Le Mans] and I'm excited to see to see how the new bike works," he said.
Pedrosa starts round eleven holding fourth in the world championship, two points ahead of Valentino Rossi (Ducati) and 33 points behind HRC team-mate Andrea Dovizioso.