WSBK Pata Crescent Yamaha rider Alex Lowes is keen to return to the track after damaging his should in November while testing.
With the World Superbike Championship about to get underway at the Phillip Island circuit from February 26-28, Lowes is keen to see how much his shoulder has recovered ahead of the event.
“I’m intrigued to see how I can ride with my shoulder,” Lowes told MCN. “If I can ride to a good level there are plenty of things we have to work through, if not, then I will get my head down with some more physio and concentrate on the start of the season in Australia.
“I can’t wait to get back on the R1 after such a great launch this week and if my shoulder feels ok then it’s going to be lots of fun!
“I still can’t lift my arm above my shoulder yet – but I’m going testing this weekend anyway to see how I get on. I expect to be fully fit for the first race, though – and actually, it’s been a blessing in disguise.
“I’ve had a chilled winter, and time to realise I need to take it steady as the team develops the bike into a race winner,” he added.
Lowes and teammate Sylvain Guintoli will be moving on to Jerez for a further two days testing before traveling to Phillip Island.