Pedercini Kawasaki's David Salom was one of three riders to sustain hand fractures during this week's unofficial Phillip Island test - but still plans to ride in next week's official test.
Salom broke the troublesome scaphoid bone in his left wrist during Monday's opening day of unofficial testing.
“It was a low speed crash. I was not doing anything differently to any other lap but suddenly I was flicked off the bike and unfortunately I crashed on my left hand, breaking my scaphoid,” he explained “It's the same bone I broke a few years ago and where I already have a screw.”
Salom attempted to ride on days two and three but could only complete a 'handful' of laps due to the pain. Nevertheless, the Spaniard has been told he will not need surgery and intends to try and ride in the forthcoming tests, which precede the season-opening race weekend.
“Doctors said that I don't need an operation but must just rest. So I have five days in which to prepare for the next two-day test session,” he said.
“Anyway we have learned a lot over the last three days and I like my new bike. It's completely different to the Kawasaki I rode some years ago and together with my team I'm sure we'll be able to obtain some good results this year”.
The official Phillip Island test takes place on the 20th and 21st of February, when local rider Bran Staring will also be in action for Pedercini.
“From the little we have been able to see, the bike seems to have improved a lot and David was immediately comfortable riding it,” said team principal Lucio Pedercini. “We hope that Salom can get some rest and heal a little over the next five days.
“In the upcoming tests we can also count on Staring and so we are confident that we'll be able to work on the set-up of the bikes in order to be ready for the opening race of the season.”
John Hopkins and Eugene Laverty also suffered hand fractures during this week's test.