James Westmoreland will miss the fifth round of the 2014 MCE British Superbike Championship at Brands Hatch after undergoing surgery on his thumb following his crash at Knockhill.

The 2013 Title Showdown contender tangled with Barry Burrell on the opening lap of the second BSB race at Knockhill, breaking a bone at the base of his thumb and requiring surgery to correct it.

Though Westmoreland acknowledges it is a relatively minor injury, the Buildbase BMW rider says intervention now will prevent him from suffering problems further down the line.

"I'm obviously gutted to be missing Brands Hatch as it's a great circuit for me, but surgery was my only option", he said. "I've broke the base of my thumb and a small piece of bone was also loose so my surgeon has wired it back together.

"The frustrating thing is it's only my thumb, but it's everything on the bike. Missing Brands Hatch is a shame because in 20 years racing I've never had to miss a round through injury, but it's so important I get it fixed up so it doesn't cause me problems in the future.

"I'm looking forward to supporting my team at Brands Hatch then coming back to the level I know we can be at week in week out."

The Buildbase BMW team, which was a race winner with Ryuichi Kiyonari at Knockhill, will consider a replacement for Westmoreland in due course.

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