PAUL BIRD Kawasaki WSB rider Makoto Tamada will make his return to the championship at Valencia on April 5, despite a massive high-side crash during morning warm-up for the last round of the series in Qatar.
The former Japanese Champion, long-time GP campaigner and three-time WSB race winner launched himself off his ZX-10R in the build up for the last round. He was given immediate medical attention after the fall and was scanned the following day amid fears that he had broken his pelvis in the crunching fall.
Thankfully, it was discovered that Tamada was 'only' badly bruised, and had broken a big toe. He has now confirmed that he will be fit enough to muscle the big green bike around the twisty Spanish track in just over a week's time.