Simon Andrews is hoping adrenalin will be enough to see him through this weekend's two British Superbike races at Brands Hatch as he continues to feel the effects of his accident at Mallory Park last month.
Last year's top Yamaha rider makes his debut with the MSS Colchester Kawasaki team this weekend, but his progress has been hampered by injuries sustained in a high-speed fall during testing, one that very nearly ruled him out of action altogether.
Nonetheless, Andrews has shrugged off his ailments so far, posting top ten lap times in Saturday's two free practice sessions, much to his delight.
“The bike has a good engine and a good chassis,” he told Crash.net Radio
. “The hard thing is amalgamating the whole lot. Everything is there, we just have to get it all working in harmony. This morning it started to gel, but the bike is getting quicker. Chris Walker did it years ago, so it has been done.”
Despite his impressive form, Andrews admits he has been told to keep his running to a minimum if he wants to stay fit for the upcoming Le Mans 24 Hours.
“We had to get a medical for my world endurance licence, but I failed it,” he said when asked about his condition. “I nearly failed the BSB licence too, so I had to do press-ups to prove my worth. But they have been kind and have passed me to race this weekend! It is still fairly serious though.
“At the moment, the way my body is, I have been advised to do minimum effort. I have to try and scrape through to Le Mans and get fit for Oulton Park too, so we are erring on the side of caution. As such, I am eyeing the top ten and a few points, but ideally I would like to be around the top five.
“I'm not sure my body will last a race distance, but we shall see. It hurts now, but we just need lots of adrenalin!”