Stefan Bradl said he will attempt to ride in the Australian Grand Prix this weekend despite undergoing surgery last Saturday after breaking his ankle in a crash during practice.
Bradl was pictured in European media earlier this week doing physical therapy in a pool, trying to strengthen the muscles surrounding his damaged joint. He must medieval-torture mobility tests - hopping and walking on his wounded leg, push-ups, etc. - on Thursday at Phillip Island before he is cleared to ride his LCR Honda RC213V.
Historically, Phillip Island is one of the most physical racetracks in the world for a MotoGP rider. Paddock lore has it that Casey Stoner, when he was in full Nexus 7 mode, was wearing out a set of boots in two practice sessions at Phillip Island.
The German hoped his recovery time would be accelerated by his decision to have surgery Saturday night in Kuala Lumpur instead of flying to Barcelona for surgery with the orthopedist to the MotoGP stars, Dr. Xavier Mir.
"I definitely want to try and ride on Friday to check how painful it is," Bradl said to European media. "I will not do anything stupid, and if it is too painful or the swelling comes up, I will withdraw. If I have to risk a lot to finish 15th, it doesn't make sense. I expect trouble in the right-handers because of the movement with the foot, but the decision to make the operation to Kuala Lumpur was perfect."