After being ruled unfit after opening practice in Australia, Stefan Bradl is confident he can last the full weekend at Motegi.

The Honda LCR rider fractured his ankle at Sepang two weeks' ago, but has been formally passed fit to ride in Japan.

"Of course I am happy to be back racing especially on this track which is very important for Honda," said Bradl, who has now slipped to seventh in the world championship.

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"On Friday in Australia I was ruled unfit and after that I have been having two physio sessions each day with the Clinica Mobile staff. I am off crutches now and the ankle is getting a lot better. I must thank the Clinica Mobile staff for their superb job.

"Compared with Phillip Island Motegi has a lot of hard braking and slower corners, so I know it will be a tough race but I am keen to jump back on my RCV."

Bradl is now twelve points behind fellow satellite RCV rider Alvaro Bautista (Gresini).