Max Neukirchner says he will be fit and ready for the 2010 World Superbike season despite admitting the slow process of recovery has left him itching to get back to competition.
Neukirchner has not raced since May after being seriously injured on two occasions in 2009, accidents that left him with a broken leg and an injured back.
Nonetheless, the German has since completed a move from Suzuki to Ten Kate Honda, Neukirchner making his debut on the CBR1000RR during Portimao post-season testing in preparation for a full return to competition in 2010.
Although the lap times weren't as fast as Neukirchner had hoped, he admits he is still taking time to get over his injuries.
“My training at home is almost normal, the only thing at the moment I that I cannot run,” he said. “So instead I do a lot of cycling and swimming. On the bike I have no pain in my foot, but sometimes when I wake up in the morning there is some pain.
“My right foot was very destroyed and the doctor said that it maybe needs one and a half years more to build back up again. I have no surgical metal left in the foot, just a rod in my thigh, but that will come out next winter."
"Overall I am really happy to be back again," said Max. "At the moment it is not easy. On the first day of the tests I was a little bit - not angry - but frustrated. The times were OK but I wanted more, I want more every day. At the moment it is not possible and I need more experience with the bike and team. But I do not lose any motivation.
“Sometimes it is not easy to always have good motivation, but it is coming back. Sometimes in the morning I might lose some motivation, then I have a beer in the evening and then next morning my motivation is better! But I think that is normal life. If you had a regular job in a company then sometimes you have bad motivation one day, then come back to work the next day even stronger than before.
“It is important also that we can have more testing and I think that maybe we can have one more test before the next ones in Portimao. Maybe; I hope."