Randy de Puniet has undergone surgery to remove screws from his left ankle, following an accident during the summer.
The LCR Honda rider fractured the ankle in a Motocross accident before the Czech Grand Prix in August, and has had to ride with the screws in ever since. The 28-year-old Frenchman is confident of making a full recovery ahead of the next official MotoGP test at Sepang in Malaysia in February.
"It has been a very quick and easy operation," said de Puniet. "After the crash in August I worked hard to get the best from the bike but sometimes it has been very painful for me.
"After the races my ankle was always very swollen but now I am very satisfied because the size is normal. I am going to remove the stitches in 18 days and after that will begin my rehabilitation training to be in good form at Sepang in February."
De Puniet finished 11th in this year's MotoGP championship with a best finish of third at Donington Park.