Jonathan Rea will be fit to ride in the second round of the 2011 World Superbike Championship after being informed the injuries he picked up at Phillip Island have not aggravated previous complaints.
The Ulsterman endured a bruising time in Australia when two accidents during pre-season testing placed him in hospital, the second of which leaving him with a dislocated finger and a wrist injury.
Soldiering on to finish the two races at Phillip Island in 12th and fourth positions, Rea has since returned to the UK to be examined by the specialist doctor who oversaw the wrist injury he sustained during the latter stages of the 2010 season.
Though he has some soft tissue damage to the right wrist, he has caused no further damage to the left wrist, meaning he will be able to line-up on the grid at Donington Park in just over two weeks time.
"I have seen my specialist in Manchester and he has given me the all clear and confirmed that there is no further damage to my repaired ligament in my left wrist,” the Castrol Honda rider revealed. “I only have some soft tissue damage to the right wrist. That's really good news and all I have to do now is work hard in rehab to regain full function."
Reflecting on his difficult start to the season, Rea insists he is well now prepared for the first of two home rounds.
"It was really hard in Australia; it drained me of everything. When I got home it hit me two or three days later. Travelling home was a big effort and I also got sick at the end of last week, which knocked me out for a day. I think it was a mix of jet-lag and illness, but now I have got a spring in my step again.
“I should be close to full fitness in time for Donington, so I should have no pain like before. My dislocated left ring finger still does not have a full range of motion, but that is a minor detail."