Race-winning MotoGP rookie Jorge Lorenzo will make his latest return from injury at this weekend's Czech Republic Grand Prix.

Lorenzo underwent arm surgery immediately after his stunning debut MotoGP victory at Estoril, only to break his ankles next time out in China.

Further falls at Le Mans, Mugello and Barcelona climaxed in the Spaniard missing his second home race due to concussion, with attempts to carefully rebuild his battered confidence then shattered by a huge first lap highside - which left him with three broken metatarsals in his left foot - at Laguna Seca.

Intense physiotherapy during the summer break has at least offered Lorenzo the chance to reach 'near full fitness' for this weekend's Czech Republic Grand Prix at Brno, a circuit where he has taken 250cc victory from pole position for the last two seasons, in addition to a 125cc win back in 2004.

"I am going to Brno with a high hopes and above all trying not to think about the disappointment of Laguna Seca; it's behind me now," said the reigning double 250cc world champion. "In the USA I was fast once again and I hope that I can carry on like this in the Czech Republic. I know that I can.

"Brno is a circuit that I like a lot, it's one of my favourites. I've won there three times in 125cc and 250cc. It's a good place for my riding style and the weather is normally perfect. Physically I feel very good after the crash and the injuries, I definitely feel as good as could be expected.

"It's the first time this season that I've really had proper time to recover, thanks to the holidays, so I think I am in good shape. At the moment I am still using my crutches to walk but I have been able to do some training and I know that I won't have a problem when I arrive in Brno on Thursday," he insisted.

For Lorenzo's Fiat Yamaha team manager Daniele Romagnoli, this weekend will be all about continuing the process of rebuilding Lorenzo's confidence in his Michelin-shod YZR-M1.

"From talking to Jorge it seems that he is feeling much better; he is back in training and we are expecting him to be as fit as he could be in the circumstances," said Romagnoli. "The crash was a huge disappointment but at least he has had the maximum time to get over it and we know that he will have made the most of the break.

"In Brno, the first aim for Jorge is to get back the feeling and confidence that he had at the start of the season, so that he can enjoy the remaining races. We need to rebuild his confidence in the bike. In practice at Laguna he was looking good - he was fast and qualified fourth. Then on the day we had some rear grip issues and the crash was very unfortunate.

"Rear grip is now the biggest thing we have to work on improving on the bike; we need to work together with Michelin to improve this," he revealed. "The new surface also adds an unknown quantity to this race and so tyre choice is going to be especially important. The team is very motivated and looking forward to getting back to work; we're hoping for a good race, Jorge certainly deserves one!"

Lorenzo has now slipped to fourth in the world championship standings, just eleven points ahead of fellow rookie Andrea Dovizioso.



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