Moto2 race winner Thomas Luthi is to attempt an early comeback from injury in this weekend's Austin round.
Luthi suffered numerous fractures to his arm and shoulder in a testing accident on February 14, for which he underwent surgery. The Swiss had targeted the opening European event, at Jerez from May 3-5, for his return.
But Luthi, who was replaced at the Interwetten Suter team by Sergio Gadea, feels he is fit enough to try and ride this weekend.
"I put all my energy and willpower into working towards an early comeback and I am happy about my speedy recovery,” said the former 125cc world champion. “I still lack power in my right arm, but nevertheless I'm sure that I'm ready to go out and race.
“I definitely want to take part in the free practice sessions on Friday. If I can confirm my hopes and ride without great difficulties, I will also start in the race on Sunday, trying to get the best possible result!"
Team owner Daniel M. Epp confessed to being surprised by Luthi's return, but insisted remarkable progress had been made in recent days.
"I was surprised about Tom's decision to fly to Texas on Tuesday and to return to racing so soon, at the second grand prix of this season,” said Epp.
“But he made remarkable progress in his rehabilitation program, especially over the last days, so I can fully understand his decision to return now instead of the first European race at Jerez.
“We are all convinced of Tom's ability to score a good result at Austin and he has our full support with this brave decision!"
Gadea finished 20th in Qatar.