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Rea confident he can race at Phillip Island

The Ulsterman suffered a 130mph 'get-off' during testing, prompting a trip to the local hospital for the second time in a week.
Jonathan Rea is confident he will be on the grid come Sunday for the opening round of the 2011 World Superbike Championship after scans showed he hasn't caused serious damage to his wrist.

The Northern Irishman was admitted to hospital with hand and wrist injuries after a technical issue on his Castrol Honda during testing caused him to crash at high-speed around the Phillip Island circuit.

However, while it was confirmed he has aggravated an injury in his hand and possibly his collarbone, X-rays revealed he has no fractures to his wrist.

As such, Rea maintains that, so long as he can keep the swelling down on his hand, he will likely be able to compete in this weekend's 2011 season opener.

"The bike spat me off really hard, something like a 130mph crash but the most worrying thing was the possibility of aggravating the old injury to my hand, with my scapho-lunate ligament,” he said in a video message.

“But all the X-rays and CT scans have shown that there are no fractures to my wrist but maybe a fracture to the edge of my left collarbone, which I hope is a previous injury. I hope we can get out of here today and line up on the grid for practice on Friday to see how it goes.

“I am really optimistic because I have a range of movement in both my hands, which seemed to bear the brunt of the crash. If we can keep the swelling down to the minimum, and get on the bike without too much discomfort I will be out on the grid on Sunday trying as hard as ever.”

Rea, who suffered a wrist injury towards the end of the 2010 season, was taken to hospital last week after crashing at Phillip Island during a private test.



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jamie - Unregistered

February 23, 2011 11:33 AM

Fan or not, thats good news. Title contender? Well isnt everyone a title contender at this stage? We will only know the true title contenders after a few rounds so theres no point speculating at this stage.



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