Defending MCE British Superbike champion Shane Byrne declares he will return from injury at the official test day at Donington Park this Thursday (26th March).

The Paul Bird Motorsport Kawasaki rider suffered a heavy crash during pre-season testing three weeks ago at Almeria in Spain. Doctors discovered Byrne had broken bones in his hand and required surgery on the same day as the crash to insert screws and plates.

Byrne has attempted to speed up his recovery with time spent in a hyperbaric chamber and has also undergone laser surgery, so he can be ready to get back on the bike for this Thursday's official test at Donington Park.

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Speaking after the accident the reigning BSB champion says he's been preparing for his comeback since the moment he knew he'd done himself some damage.

"You always have that moment where you come to rest in the gravel when you know you have injured something and the first thing on your mind is 'when can I be back'. Byrne told BritishSuperbike.com. "I knew I wasn't going to be back out in Spain, but then the target had to be the official test although that was only a few weeks away."

Byrne estimates he had only completed 40 pre-season laps before his crash at Almeria and is aware he is a step behind his BSB rivals in preparation for the 2015 season, which begins at Donington Park over the Easter weekend.

The PBM Kawasaki rider was originally scheduled to be out of action for a month - meaning his first return on a bike would have been at the season opener on the 4-6 April. However, Byrne feels he is ready to get back on the Kawasaki at this week's test day, nine days ahead of schedule.

"I am probably not going to be brand spanking new but it is in my interest to get some laps done there ahead of the opening round," he added. "Don't get me wrong, I won't want to do lots of laps if the conditions aren't good, but in doing so I will then be on the back foot as my pre-season testing has been about 40 laps of Almeria. Don't get me wrong, it could be a lot worse, but the crash wasn't ideal as I hadn't tried the new components for 2015.

"Me and the team worked really hard over the winter and now I am working even harder to be race fit. I got a bit of an infection in my hand this morning [Monday] so I need to get that sorted with some antibiotics, but the season won't wait for me so I just need to get on with it.

"I can't wait to get started and I will have done everything possible to be ready for the first races of the season."