Shane Byrne admits he will wait until the last moment before deciding whether he will ride in the Donington Park round of the MCE British Superbike Championship this weekend.
The Rapid Solicitors Kawasaki rider sustained ligament damage in his shoulder after crashing during free practice at Cadwell Park, the former champion undergoing surgery that was expected to keep him on the sidelines until the three-round 'Title Showdown' gets underway later this month.
Nonetheless, Byrne says he is still considering riding at Donington Park in order to remain race fit before the Showdown begins at Assen, though he concedes he may benefit from looking at the 'bigger picture' and focusing on getting back to full fitness.
"There's no point in riding if I'm not able to challenge for Podium Credits as I risk doing further damage if things go wrong," said Shakey. "I'll see how I feel in a day or two before making a final decision along with the team but at present, it's probably 50/50 as to whether I ride or not.
“There's nothing like being on the bike but at the same time, I've got to look at the bigger picture and ask myself if it's better to come back fitter at Assen in a couple of weeks time. The worst case scenario is I'll be 15 points behind Tommy Hill going into the first of the Showdown races but every point is vital as was proved last year so if I can ride and be competitive, I will do."
Byrne has already qualified for the Title Showdown and is currently second to Tommy Hill in terms of podium credits, which will become points added to the impending equalised totals.