Hiroshi Aoyama will test at Brno on Monday to see how his fitness is progressing from his highside at Silverstone, which broke the Japanese rider’s lower vertebrae. Aoyama has missed four GP starts so far this season because of the crash, and has seen Kousuke Akiyoshi and Alex de Angelis ride his Interwetten Honda during the interim of his absence. Deciding to let his T12 vertebrae fracture heal naturally, rather than go under surgery, Aoyama feels he is nearing the point where he can return to MotoGP.
Talking about his healing progress and plans to return to MotoGP racing, Aoyama made the following statement:
“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. 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. 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.”
Aoyama and Interwetten Honda will make a better assessment of their situation after Monday’s testing session. The earliest Aoyama could be back racing is in three weekends, when MotoGP comes back to the United States for the Indianapolis GP.
Source: Interwetten Honda; Photo: © 2010 Scott Jones Photography