Suzuki's Aleix Espargaro has been given the green-light for this weekend's Italian MotoGP after an ultrasound examination on his healing right hand.

However 'further evaluations will be done day-by-day in terms of pain and riding capabilities'.

Espargaro required surgery to reconstruct his right thumb ligament after suffering a massive highside during practice for the previous Le Mans round, although the injury was only confirmed on his return to Barcelona.

"I'm happy because doctors said the recovery process is positive and I definitely want to try to race," Espargaro declared. "The crash in Le Mans was one of the worst in my career; I suffered a lot of pain and also my right thumb ligament got broken.

"Dr. Mir and his colleagues did a great job with the surgery, everything went well and my recovery has been good. I don't feel 100%, but I definitely want to get back riding and join my team for the race in Italy.

"This race will be tough, Mugello's straight is so long and we will probably suffer a little on top-speed, but at the same time the track in its whole is very fast and on this matter our chassis can make a real positive difference. I like fast tracks; this will help me get over this injury and make for a positive weekend."

Rookie team-mate Maverick Vinales also believes the GSX-RR can make up some of the ground lost on the fastest straight of the season through the twisty sections.

"My feeling is that Mugello will be a difficult track because it has such a long straight, and this could be a bad thing for our Suzuki, but at the same time there are some very fast corners where we can exploit the very good chassis that we have," he said.

"Making a balance of pros and cons I think that we can make a good performance, maybe better that Le Mans. The important point for us will be to exploit the free practice and qualifying at their best. Being able to start from a better position will allow me to make my own pace and have riders that push me from behind instead of having to fight and pass them like I did in recent races.

"I still need to work to improve my tyre management and time my runs better during practices. I believe improvements in these areas will lead me to a better qualifying position."

Espargaro and Vinales are ninth and tenth in the championship standings. Aleix's younger brother Pol also underwent surgery following Le Mans, for arm pump problems, and will likewise be back on track this weekend.



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