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Andrews has surgery, heads to Qatar.

Simon Andrews will return to competition in the Qtel FIM Endurance World Championship 8 hour race of Doha just two weeks after having surgery on his left knee.

Andrews, who finished eighth in the Bennetts British Superbike standings this season aboard the Lloyds Jentin Yamaha, went under the knife to help alleviate an injury suffered during testing back in July at Cadwell Park.

Nonetheless, despite the short recovery time, Andrews insists he has almost full movement in his knee now and is undergoing intensive physiotherapy to get back to full fitness.

It means he will be able to take up his spot on the Bollinger Kawasaki alongside fellow BSB racer Gary Mason and James Hutchins.

“I'm really looking forward to racing at Losail, this is the first time that I have raced at night, a totally new experience for me,” he said. “I had an operation on my left knee less than ten days ago and after some intense exercise and physiotherapy I almost have full movement back and I'm race fit again.

“Racing in the desert will be an exciting experience and the strength of the winds will dictate how much sand and how dirty the racing line will be. Good traction will also play a major part in this race and I am expecting the faster speeds to be recorded during the night sessions when the air will be cooler and the bikes will perform better. I really looking forward to this experience which will be something totally different from anything else I have ever done.”

Meanwhile, Andrews has told the official British Superbike website that he has been in talks with several teams about a ride in 2009.

"I really don't know what is going to be happening yet next year," said Andrews. "I have been talking to just about everyone; like TAS, Jentin, and Hydrex. There are still teams that have not signed riders and I am sure it will all start to fall into place soon."


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