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Injured Brit Bradley Smith will re-join the Monster Yamaha Tech 3 Team at the 15th round of the MotoGP World Championship in Japan on October 16.

It’ll be the first time that Smith has ridden a bike in anger after being forced to sit out three races due to injuries sustained during practice for the Oschersleben 8 Hours Endurance event last month.

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Smith suffered damage to his right knee ligaments whilst competing for the Yamaha Austria Racing Team on the second day of practice at the event. Since then he has undergone an intense rehabilitation program as well as surgery to get back on track, and will ride the Yamaha YZR-M1 again in the first of the triple back-to-back flyaway races.

Smith said: “I am really happy that I will be getting back on the Yamaha YZR-M1 in Motegi. I have to admit that it has been challenging for me to watch the last three races from the sofa on a Sunday, even though it looks like the conditions in those rounds were tough.

“It’s good that this period is over now and I can finally return to the track. I have been working hard on my entire rehabilitation and many people have committed a lot of time and effort to give me the best chance to be ready as quickly as possible.

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“In fact, the recovery process was due to be six months but after the efforts by myself, the doctors and everyone else, I managed to do it eight to nine weeks. For sure, it’s super that I am fit enough to race again and I am excited for the last four MotoGP events of the 2016 season, including the flyaway races.”

Tony Carter

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