Having missed the British MotoGP round due to a hand injury, Karel Abraham will return to action in this weekend's Dutch TT at Assen.
The Cardion AB Ducati rider suffered left hand finger fractures in a testing fall at Aragon, following the Catalunya round.
Although confident he can ride this weekend, the first of three back-to-back rounds, the Czech is far from fully fit.
“I still can't move my index finger completely. Partly because of the healing wound on the finger and partly because of the pain in the first finger joint,” he said. “[But] it´s getting better really fast, so I'm pretty sure that I´ll be able to be back on track on Thursday.
“I do like the TT Assen Circuit and I´ve been successful on it in the past. Last year I made seventh in qualifying but unfortunately didn't finish the race after being pushed off the track by Aoyama. I must forget it now, the same as the beginning of this unlucky season.”
Abraham has scored points just once this year and, whilst appearing to admit that he will finish as the last of the manufacturer riders in the championship, he is now focused on improving his race performances.
“We still have two thirds of this season ahead to make some good results," he said. "Although I can't catch up the riders in the championship standing, this season isn't lost and we have twelve more opportunities to ride the perfect race."
Abraham is 17th in the championship and 31 points behind the next lowest manufacturer rider, Yamaha's Ben Spies.