Suzuki MotoGP test rider Nobuatsu Aoki is continuing to recover from injuries sustained at the Suzuka 8-Hour Endurance race and could be back on track next month.

The 42-year-old, who was part of the Legend of Yoshimura Suzuki team alongside former 500GP champion Kevin Schwantz and former Japanese champion Satoshi Tsujimoto, hopes to have a cast removed from his hand soon so he can start rehabilitation.

Aoki, who recently received a Suzuki Flag with get-well messages from Suzuki Motor Corporation staff and top-level management said:

"I'm eager to have my plaster off as soon as possible, but I need to be cautious with the broken finger joint and not rush it. It was great to receive all the well-wishes from Suzuki recently, which really cheered me up; it's wonderful to have this support from so many good people."

Depending on the healing time, Aoki may return later this month at a private test in Japan and could then be at the next European Suzuki MotoGP tests in September alongside fellow development rider Randy de Puniet.

Suzuki is returning to MotoGP in 2015. Race riders are yet to be officially announced but Aleix Espargaro and Maverick Vinales are the hot favourites.



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