Jonathan Rea is confident he will be fit in time for the start of testing for the 2011 World Superbike Championship after undergoing surgery on his injured wrist.
The Northern Irishman was forced to miss three of the 2010 season's final four races after fracturing both his scaphoid and his collarbone in a fall during qualifying at Imola.
Having skipped the final race at Magny-Cours, Rea returned to the UK to undergo surgery in Manchester to repair the ruptured ligament between the left scaphoid and lunar bones.
He will now return home to the Isle of Man for recuperation before returning to Manchester in two months time to have the two supporting wires removed from the wrist.
“There was more damage than they first thought,” Rea, who won four races on the way to fourth in the 2010 WSBK standings, said. “The operation took about two hours instead of one. Basically, the ligament between the two bones was 100% ruptured and the two wires are designed to pull them together while the ligament meshes again.
“It certainly wasn't how I wanted to finish my season,” he added, “but I'm grateful to Mike Hayton for fitting in my operation before he went to host a seminar in the USA yesterday evening. I'll get back into training as soon as I get home and focus on getting fit for testing for the 2011 World Superbike season.”
Rea will continue with the Ten Kate Honda team for a third season in 2011.