Injured Interwetten Honda MotoGP rider Hiroshi Aoyama will return to the seat of his RC212V for the first time since his Silverstone fall, during the post-race test session at Brno on Monday.

The MotoGP rookie fractured his 12th vertebra during a warm-up crash for the British Grand Prix on June 20.

After speaking with specialists, the reigning 250cc world champion decided against an operation and the bone is healing naturally.

"I feel very well and I am happy with the improvements of my injury in the last couple of weeks. Yesterday my doctors did another X-Ray and the healing process of the broken bone is really good. I can move my arms and legs like before the crash. I just need to be careful with my back," explained Aoyama. "I started training a couple of weeks ago and do cycling, swimming and go to the gym. It is improving step by step and I am almost back to normal again. I can't wait to be back on my bike."

The Japanese star's MotoGP race return will be determined by the outcome of the test.

"If you have to watch all these races on TV, it is depressing and I want to come back as soon as possible. But when I will ride my bike again in a Grand Prix I will decide after the test on Monday," he said.

Aoyama's seat was initially given to Honda test rider Kousuke Akiyoshi, before Alex de Angelis took over at the Sachsenring and Laguna Seca.

In the run-up to this weekend's Czech Republic Grand Prix, de Angelis said he expected to have at least two more rides before Aoyama was fit to return.

"We decided that the test in Brno will be a perfect opportunity to test [Aoyama's] condition," said team manager Daniel M. Epp. "After the test on Monday we will decide how to continue, nothing is decided yet. We are happy to welcome Hiro back to the team after such a long time of recovery."

Prior to Silverstone, Aoyama had finished his first four MotoGP races, with a best result of tenth in round one at Qatar.



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