MotoGP rookie Cal Crutchlow is confident that he will be fully healed from recent shoulder surgery in time for the start of 2011 testing in February.
The British rider, who has moved from Yamaha's World Superbike team to the Tech 3 Yamaha MotoGP squad, had an operation on a lingering injury in Manchester last week.
"I crashed at the end of 2009 and ripped the reverse Bankart at the back of the shoulder – it was very similar to what Valentino [Rossi] had," Crutchlow said. "Because I rode on it all year it really wore the shoulder joint so when they opened it, it was worse than expected. They did the best job possible and have said I should make a full recovery. I should make it by February for the Sepang test. Everyone was pleased with the outcome of the operation."
Crutchlow currently has his arm in a sling, but is able to continue with physiotherapy.
"The arm is good when I take the sling off, and I can do almost everything," he said. "The range of movement already is nearly full, it's just that the muscle is still a little bit sore, as you would expect."
He will spend two weeks cycling in California early in the new year, and aims to ride a motorcycle again a fortnight before testing commences at Sepang on Feb. 1.
"Once I get back in mid-January I'll hopefully go out on some sort of motorbike and ride, making sure I can brake and withstand the force and things like that," said Crutchlow. "The surgeon, the physiotherapist, everybody says there's no reason I shouldn't be riding in Sepang and I should be up to full fitness by then."