Chris Vermeulen hopes to have recovered from his knee injuries in time to make his return to the FIM Superbike World Championship at Assen in Holland on April 25.
The Australian was injured when he crashed his crashed during the opening round at his home circuit of Phillip Island, but the Kawasaki Racing Team members hopes to be back alongside team-mate Tom Sykes at Assen.
"My knee is improving every day since I had keyhole surgery over a week ago and I have a good feeling in most of its range," said Vermeulen.
"The difficult part now is getting enough bend but also strength and stability in my knee to race at Assen because I don’t want to turn up to just ride around.
"I am getting physiotherapy every day and it’s still a week until I need to be on the bike so I am optimistic that in that time it will have improved even more by then.
"I really enjoy racing at Assen and have had successful results there in both Superbikes and in MotoGP, I also get a lot of support there because of my Dutch heritage. I therefore hope that I can put on a good show and be fit enough to compete and join the team once again."