Ayrton Badovini believes he can break into the top ten at Phillip Island this weekend despite suffering with a hematoma near his liver.
The Alstare Ducati World Superbike rider was hit with the setback in a crash during the private two-day test at the Australian circuit last week.
Badovini missed the official test this week as a result, only completing a few laps on Tuesday, but hopes to recover sufficiently to play his role in giving the new Panigale 1199R a successful race debut on Sunday.
The Italian's best result to date at Phillip Island is a 14th place finish in 2011 but Badovini reckons the top ten is a possibility depending on his physical condition.
“Everything depends on how I feel and it's too early to say what's going to happen on race day,” said Badovini.
“If my condition is OK and I can push hard then I think I can be in the top ten at least.
“I think we have a good base setting and everything we do at the moment seems to be taking us in the right direction,” he added.
“This will be my first race on a twin-cylinder bike, but I know that this circuit generally suits Ducati bikes, so I'm hoping to have a good couple of races.”