Andrea Iannone rates the condition of his injured shoulder at 70% ahead of this weekend's Japanese MotoGP.
Iannone is fourth in the world championship and the top Ducati rider despite dislocating his left shoulder twice during the season.
But he faces a big test this weekend at Motegi, which has some of the hardest braking of the entire season.
“The feeling with the shoulder is improving during the week and day by day and this is important,” he said. “At the moment I think the condition is 70% and at this track it's important because this track is famous for strong braking points and for the difficultly of stopping the bike.”
The Italian will undergo surgery during the winter.