With the MotoGP circus poised to descend upon the Czech circuit at Brno, the residents of MotoGP's sick bay are turning their thoughts to the possiblity of a return to action. Gresini Honda's Toni Elias, who suffered a spiral fracture of the thigh at Assen, has said that he is determined to return at Brno, although he believes he will only be able to ride at 60%. The young Spaniard is still on crutches, having difficulty walking, and realizes that a return will be difficult and painful, but accepts that as part and parcel of being a MotoGP rider: "We know that it comes with the job, and that if you want to ride, then sometimes you have to put up with the pain."
The other man who knows all about pain is Pramac d'Antin's Alex Hofmann. After riding at the Sachsenring with a hand broken in a freak car door accident, he then suffered a far more serious injury at Laguna Seca, where Sylvain Guintoli torpedoed him off the track, breaking bones in his hand and badly damaging some tendons. Hofmann is as yet uncertain of being able to ride at Brno, despite being hard at work rehabilitating after his injury. If Hofmann is not able to ride, the young Briton Chaz Davies could once again take Hofmann's seat, hoping to build on the strong showing he put on at Laguna Seca.