Hannspree Ten Kate Honda's Jonathan Rea is waiting until the morning of the first practice session to see if he is fit to ride in the final World Superbike Championship round of the year at Magny-Cours this weekend.
Rea had to miss the races in Italy last weekend after suffering small fractures to his left collarbone and the scaphoid in his left wrist. But he hopes to be fit enough to ride in France, to ensure he retains third place in the championship rankings.
Double winner in Imola, Carlos Checa, is now only 14 points behind Rea. However, the Ulsterman doesn't want to risk his chances of a 2011 title fight.
"It is too early to say if I can ride at Magny-Cours, but I will wait until just before the [weekend] to make a final decision," he said.
"It is more important for the team that I start testing for next year free of injury and with no niggling physical problems, so we will see how things are."