Rockstar Energy Suzuki Europe have been buoyed by the news that Glenn Coldenhoff is already back on his RM-Z250 after just two and a half months since a reconstruction of his left knee.
The Dutchman is set to ride again for the first time on Wednesday this week and since he sustained the injury in preparation for his home Grand Prix – round five of the FIM Motocross World Championship – in April.
“I have been working really hard with my physio and also cycling a lot, almost 1000km kilometres between road and mountain bike,” the MX2 star revealed.
“I had a check with my personal doctor last week and also got the ‘OK’ from the Ortema medical facility and the same surgeon that performed my surgery.
“I have been pushing hard on the mountain bike and the knee has felt really good. Now I need to see how it will feel on the bike. I need to build up confidence with it again and will ride at my local track; a place I could lap with my eyes closed and which doesn’t have too many jumps.”
Coldenhoff’s recovery is over a month ahead of schedule. In that time he has avoided watching any of the seven MX2 Grands Prix he has missed. “I have been completely focused on my rehab and I couldn’t bear to watch any of the races if I wasn’t there,” he said.
Although his progress has been entirely positive up to this stage #259 does not harbour any plans of returning to the GP paddock before the initially schedule dates of Brazil and Mexico at the beginning of September, the final two meetings of the year and his last in MX2 before he moves up to MXGP with the same crew in 2015.