"My leg feels really good, I've got another operation on it later this week to try and release some scar tissue to get my ankle working again. I'm still having physio but it's looking good for Macau in November. We will swap the gearshift back if the operation is a success but I'm not going to stop racing because I have to use the right side to change gears."
SMR team owner Shaun Muir added: "It's great for Ian to be able to finally get back on a bike again after all this time. The team is over the moon with the progress he has made and he was very comfortable on the R1 today. It good for us all to see a way forward now and we can look at 2012 with renewed confidence."
Paul Phillips, TT and Motorsport Manager, Isle of Man Government commented: "Everyone on the Isle of Man is delighted for Ian. He has shown incredible strength of character to put himself in a position to be competing again in such a short space of time and we look forward to seeing him back at the TT Races in 2012."