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Rea hoping for Nurburgring return

The Assen race winner has missed four rounds due to the injury, sustained in an accident at Misano.
Jonathan Rea says he is working hard towards a return to World Superbike Championship action at the Nurburgring having now missed eight races due to a wrist injury.

The Northern Irishman damaged the wrist in an accident during warm-up for the WSBK races at Misano, Rea instantly ruled out for the following events at Motorland Aragon, Brno and his home event of Silverstone.

With the five week summer break affording him the opportunity to return to full fitness, Rea says it is his plan to be back on the Castrol Honda in Germany, but the delicacy of the injury means he is treating it as a personal goal, rather than a foregone conclusion.

“I had a general anaesthetic to remove the pins and metalwork, and after one week the movement is quite good. I don't want to put a date on things, but it's a goal for me. There are a couple of riders in the paddock that keep coming back and they're not ready.

“It's my wrist, it's one of the most influential parts [to control] the bike, so as much as I want to race, my doctor says I'll destroy my career if I [come back early and] crash.”

Pointing out that James Toseland's wrist injury – which has ruled out for much of the season - is similar to his, Rea is nonetheless confident he can rediscover his form when he gets back to full strength.

“I know Toseland has a wrist injury and he has struggled coming back. The injury is not the same, but it is similar. But if this [the wrist] is 100 per cent then I don't see why we can't win when I return.

“We really sucked at Miller and Misano, which was the same this year, but then we got a first and second at Brno. The bike tends to work in fast, flowing circuits, so the circuits coming up suit the bike a lot better.”


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bigus dicus - Unregistered

August 09, 2011 7:09 PM

well if he does come back, great cant wait to see him give the old, checa & biaggi show, a fright,even on that pile of sh1t honda, wsbk a little boring without him,his round the outside overtaking moves made races memorable,there is always something exciting about to happen when reas in the mixup

@mallory pk - Unregistered

August 09, 2011 8:46 PM

@bigus dicus AGREE!,WSB is as boring as f#@k without Rea.Lets hope he doesnt go to MotoGP because,lets face it-unless you have been riding prototype bikes ur entire career you will have no chance.Na,stay where u are JR,but on another machine maybe?



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