Broc Parkes has confirmed he will be back on the World Superbike grid for the fifth round of the season at Monza following a successful collarbone operation.
The Australian rider was forced to skip the previous event at Assen after a testing crash in the run up to the weekend prompted him to return home and undergo surgery for the injuries he had sustained.
Nonetheless, while Parkes admits he won't be '100 per cent fit' when he lines up for the Kawasaki Superbike Team, he has vowed to do his utmost in order to keep his points ticking over.
"I had the displacement operation to remove the gap between the collarbone and the shoulder over a week ago and I'm recovering well. I'm still pretty sore all over but I was lucky to not break anything and to have this time in between races to recover.
“I've just started training again and although I'm not 100 per cent fit at the moment, I have another week to recover and I've come a long way so I'm confident I'll be lined up on the grid at Monza and will do my best."
Having been out paced by stand-in rider Stuart Easton at Assen, Makoto Tamada is desperate to record an improvement at Monza, one of his favourite circuits.
"I had a disappointing and frustrating race at Assen so I'm happy to put this behind me and give it my best shot next weekend. Monza is one of my favourite tracks and we are also expecting new parts, and if all goes to plan and things work out the way I hope, I should have no trouble having a good result and getting closer to the front."