Noriyuki Haga says he feels fit and ready to resume his fight for the World Superbike title following a timely break to fully recover from injuries sustained in a crash back in June.
A lengthy gap of six weeks came just at the right time for the long-time championship leader, Haga having been forced to ride through the pain barrier last time out at Brno as a result of his Donington Park accident, one that left him with injuries to his wrist and shoulder.
Scoring two solid top ten finishes regardless, Haga clings on to the championship lead by seven points over Ben Spies as the series heads into the latter stages of the season, starting with the Nurburgring in Germany.
A return to the scene of a stunning double triumph for Haga on the Yamaha last season, it is also worth noting that he achieved the feat whilst suffering from a broken collarbone.
Even so, Haga insists he won't need to target a complete repeat of his 'triumph against adversity', claiming he is feeling much 'stronger' than on the last occasion.
"I got a great result at Nürburgring last year and hope to be able to do the same again this time around," said the Ducati Xerox rider. "It's a really nice track though last year was pretty wet for race day which made things interesting!
"I'm feeling much stronger than I was at Brno and, after a relaxing holiday back home in Japan, I'm totally ready to continue the fight for the world title.”