Filip Backlund is set to return from injury in the 2016 MCE British Superbike championship just one month after breaking a collarbone at the final pre-season test at Donington Park.
The Quattro Plant Kawasaki rider suffered a devastating break in the final session of the last day of winter testing which ruled him out of the season opener at Silverstone three weeks ago.
After intense physiotherapy and work on his fitness the Swedish rider proved he was ready to return after completing over 50 laps at the in-season test at Oulton Park last Friday in preparation for round two at the Cheshire track this weekend.
“I am very happy with the test. We didn't go there primarily to set fast times but to test the shoulder and get my confidence back, and on those points, I'm very happy with how I was riding,” Backlund said. “Pain with the shoulder is not a problem at all, which is amazing after just three weeks. We just need to get the muscles to react a little better, but I had a good day and feel strong after riding so many laps.”
Looking ahead to the delayed start to his 2016 campaign, Backlund says he can take confidence from his pre-season pace and team-mate Luke Mossey's performances on the ZX-10R at Silverstone while he is also regaining strength each week after sustaining the injury.
“Another week with the shoulder will make a massive difference, and in a racing situation I know I can step up the pace on my Quattro Plant Cool Kawasaki – that's not a problem,” Backlund said. “Oulton will be my first racing weekend of the season, but Luke has already shown how good the package is on our ZX-10R, so I will take a similar direction and look to score some solid points.
“It's a step-by-step process, but as I say, the bike is good, and when I'm one hundred percent fit I know I can be back up where I was in the early test at Silverstone.”