Oct 24, 2013
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From a press release
issued by LCR Honda:
FIM MotoGP World Championship: Stefan Bradl (6).
BRADL DECLARED FIT AHEAD HONDA HOME GP IN MOTEGI
Motegi, 24 October: LCR racer Stefan Bradl and his crew hit Motegi circuit this weekend for the last of the three flyaway races and, after today’s medical check carried by Doctor Tsuyoshi Karasawa (Chief Medical Officer) and Doctor Michele Macchiagodena (MotoGP Medical Director), the 23-year-old has been declared fit for the Japanese round. Bradl broke his ankle in practice in Malaysia, when an innocuous spill went bad as he caught his foot in the trackside Astroturf. The 2011 Moto2 champion underwent immediate surgery, and bravely attempted to race at the next weekend’s Australian round, but was ruled out after struggling in the first practice. Since then, he has been undergoing twice-daily physiotherapy sessions, and while he will not be at 100 percent, he hopes to be strong enough to give a good account of himself at Motegi.
“Of course I am happy to be back racing especially on this track which is very important for Honda. On Friday in Australia I was ruled unfit and after that I have been having two physio sessions each day with the Clinica Mobile staff. I am off crutches now and the ankle is getting a lot better. I must thank the Clinica Mobile staff for their superb job. Compared with Phillip Island Motegi has a lot of hard braking and slower corners, so I know it will be a tough race but I am keen to jump back on my RCV.”