Alex Lowes is targeting a return to full fitness in time for this weekend's Magny-Cours World Superbike round after sitting out the Aragon MotoGP race with a foot injury.
The English rider suffered what he called 'one of the biggest crashes of his career'
during FP3 at Motorland Aragon and despite an X-ray revealing no broken bones Lowes was forced out of the race due to swelling and a hematoma which caused a lack of sensation in his foot.
Lowes had been filling in for injured rider Bradley Smith at the Monster Tech 3 Yamaha team at the Silverstone, Misano and Aragon in MotoGP rounds in between his World Superbike commitments with Pata Yamaha.
After flying back to the UK for extensive physiotherapy to be ready for Magny-Cours, Lowes is confident of being fighting fit less than a week after his heavy off.
"My final race in MotoGP didn't end the way I would have liked but my physio has gone well for the past couple of days, I'm feeling okay and will be doing my best for a strong weekend on the YZF-R1,” Lowes said.
Looking ahead to the French World Superbike round the former British Superbike champion is relishing a challenging round at a circuit he's had limited experience around in dry conditions.
"Apart from the fact that I have never had a dry race here, Magny-Cours is a track that I really like,” he said. “I always feel like you can go faster there but actually trying to do it is very difficult as it isn't an easy circuit at all and can be hard to find a good bike set up.
“The two big chicanes in the middle of the lap are the most difficult, as setting the bike to be agile and easy to manoeuvre makes it unstable in the fast first sector of the track, but it certainly suits a hard working team getting the most out of the weekend and a good set up for Sunday.”