Roland Resch is unlikely to be fit in time for the second round of the World Superbike Championship at Portimao, according to doctors.
Resch suffered a broken collarbone in a free practice accident during the Phillip Island season opener, the Austrian's absence reducing the new Reitwagen BMW team down to just a single bike for Andrew Pitt.
However, despite the month's gap between races, Resch, whose collarbone is broken in two places, still may not be ready to return for the upcoming event in Portugal, much to his disappointment.
"Of course it hurts to hear that the doctor thinks I won't be on the bike in Portimao. But it doesn't make sense either to force an early comeback if I am not 100% fit. The collarbone is broken twice, with a titanium plate and eight screws inserted.
“That is a quite big deal for my body. This year the grid is too competitive to start too early with a handicap. I want to fully recover before jumping on a bike again. Believe me, it's not easy to pass on a race, but I am working hard to be back soon."
Resch isn't the only rider proving doubtful for Portimao, with both Chris Vermeulen and Broc Parkes possibly forced to sit out the second event on the calendar with injury.