Enea Bastianini will have the chance to get his 2023 MotoGP World Championship campaign back underway this weekend after being declared fit for the Spanish MotoGP at Jerez.
The Italian has been out of action since the Portuguese MotoGP Sprint Race at Portimao when he was wiped out by an errant Luca Marini on lap three.
Prompting a broken shoulder blade, the incident has put one of the anticipated title contenders on the back foot in this year’s championship race, which is currently being led by Ducati stablemate Marco Bezzecchi on 64 points, 11 clear of Bastianini’s factory team-mate Pecco Bagnaia.
"I am thrilled to be back with my team because we have had few opportunities to work together this year! These weeks at home have not been easy, seeing the others race, but I will finally be able to get back on track as well.
“I had given 100% to try to be physically ready for Austin, working out in the gym and continuing physical therapy, but the doctors advised me to wait.
“Jerez is a track I like, but I still know I am not at 100% of my strength, so this GP will be like a test for me to get back in shape for the next races."
Bastianini was one of four riders to be forced out of the following round in Argentina after picking up injuries in Portugal. Of these, only Miguel Oliveira has so far returned, whereas Marc Marquez and Pol Espargaro remain sidelined.
Espargaro’s GasGas Tech 3 ride is being assumed by Jonas Folger for the time being, while WorldSBK podium winner Iker Lecuona steps in to replace Marquez at Repsol Honda in Spain this weekend.