With both Espargaro brothers undergoing surgery following Le Mans, this weekend's Italian MotoGP will be Pol's first time on track since the arm pump operation.

The Monster Yamaha Tech 3 rider won't be at his best physically, but is looking forward to one of the highlights of the motorcycle grand prix season.

"I am excited about riding the Yamaha in the Tuscan hills this weekend! It will be a long race, especially after the surgery, but some corners such as the Casanova or the Savelli, are great fun to ride on a MotoGP bike," he said.

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"My operation was successful last week and I've had a few days to recover so that I can be as ready as possible for this race, which is a physically demanding one.

"The last GP was tricky due to my injury, but I still managed to finish the race in seventh and picked up some valuable championship points. Also this weekend I will push as hard as possible on race day, but we will see how my arm feels before I make any serious predictions, yet for sure, I aim to be as high as possible.

"Last year I finished the race in fifth position and I've scored three podiums in the lower leagues at the track. To do the same this year would be great, so the plan is to qualify well and then finish the race in a strong placement."

Earlier on Monday it was announced that Espargaro will join team-mate Bradley Smith in this year's Suzuka 8 Hours endurance race.

Pol's older brother Aleix underwent surgery on his thumb after a big highside at the French Grand Prix.

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