James Toseland is on course to return to World Superbike Championship action at Monza, according to his BMW Italia team manager Andrea Buzzoni.
The British rider has been forced to miss two rounds of the 2011 season, including this weekend's event at Assen, after fracturing his wrist in a training accident.
However, while the man himself recently cast doubts on his return, Buzzoni is satisfied with his rider's recovery, announcing that he will probably be back on the BMW S1000RR in time for Monza in just over two weeks time.
“I am pleased to announce that James will most probably be back on track for the races at Monza. He is recovering from his injury and is showing his commitment to the team and the entire staff of BMW Motorrad Italia, for example, by coming to the CIV event where he wanted to be in the pits and on the grid to support his Superstock team mates.”
In the meantime, Toseland – who had the wires from his operated wrist removed this week - will be replaced at Assen by Barry Veneman, who makes his World Superbike debut alongside Ayrton Badovini.
“We are delighted to welcome Barry Veneman to the team to ride alongside Ayrton Badovini for the upcoming round at Assen,” Buzzoni added. “Barry knows the Dutch track and our bike (albeit in a different configuration), so we are confident that he will do well and wish him the greatest of luck!”
BMW Italia begins the defence of its FIM Superstock 1000 title at Assen this weekend with Lorenzo Zanetti and Sylvain Barrier on the bike.