James Ellison could be forced to withdraw from the latest round of the Bennetts British Superbike Championship at Cadwell Park after picking up a wrist injury.
Ellison comes to the Lincolnshire circuit keen to build on his podium winning exploits at Oulton Park and Knockhill, but may now have to watch from the sidelines following a tough day of practice that left him 11th fastest.
Injuring the wrist in a recent enduro race, Ellison managed just a handful of laps in the morning session as the arduous track took its toll on him, particularly over the Mountain.
Although he managed more laps in the afternoon, he will spend the night trying a variety of different methods to limit the pain, Ellison has hinted that he could decide to withdraw if it doesn't improve after qualifying.
"I injured my wrist endurance racing and it seems that there might be some possible tendon damage,” he told the British Superbike website. “I did a couple of laps this morning but I was able to only string together a few at a time before it just gets weaker.
“I couldn't hold the line at certain points of the circuit and at times it felt like the bike was dragging me round and the Mountain was the most difficult point of the circuit."
"I will not make a decision on what I am going to do until tomorrow. I have tried to put ice on it but it seems to be making it worse, but I have a few things I can do tonight and hopefully that will help. I will see how free practice goes in the morning and I will try in qualifying.
“I want to be in the top ten and I don't want to race if I am going to be scratching around at the back. We will see how it goes tomorrow and go from there."