Smith optimistic of returning at Assen
15 June 2017 – KTM rider Bradley Smith is confident that he will be able to return to action at next weekend's Dutch TT, where he expects to be back to "90 per cent" fitness.
Smith fell during fourth practice for the Catalan Grand Prix, suffering "a fifth finger wound of the left hand", which ruled him out of the race, and subsequent test.
Smith's crew worked with Mika Kallio on all three days of the test, with a focus on chassis comparisons, testing new fairings and fine tuning the set-up of the RC16.
"Since the crash on Saturday we've been checking my finger every 24 hours to see there's no infection and to see the rate of progress of the healing," said Smith.
"Right now the doctors are happy day by day with how it's looking, so basically we're not going to do any skin graft or further operations yet, which is fantastic.
"They expect not a full recovery of the wound short term, but it should be ready to race at Assen.
"Now it's just a case of continuing to do as much as possible to speed up the recovery with creams and cleanliness so hopefully we'll be ready to be back to around 90 per cent for Assen."
Smith joined KTM for 2017, after spending four seasons with Tech 3 Yamaha, and holds 23rd in the standings, having taken a best result of 13th place in France.