While the world's gaze has been on the medical miracles that are Valentino Rossi and Randy de Puniet, Interwetten Honda's Hiroshi Aoyama has been proceeding with his recovery in the same way as he has gone about the business of learning to ride a MotoGP bike: quietly and determinedly. The Japanese rider fractured a vertebra during the warm up at Silverstone, and has been out of action ever since.
After consulting with medical specialists, Aoyama decided against having surgery to fix his vertebra, preferring to allow the bone to heal naturally. His recovery has gone so well that he expects to be able to test the Interwetten Honda MotoGP bike during the tests on Monday, to assess when he might be able to make a full return to racing.
In a press release by the Interwetten Honda team, Aoyama said that he hoped to make a return as soon as was sensibly possible:
"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 said in the press statement.