Chaz Davies is hopeful of making a belated World Superbike Championship debut at Imola after a left radius fracture forced him to withdraw from the season opener at Phillip Island.
The Welshman had been making linear progress on the ParkinGO MTC Aprilia during testing and free practice, but a crash in the final stages of Q2 left him nursing the serious wrist injury.
A bitter blow for Davies, particularly after having done enough to make it through to Superpole (which would go on to be cancelled), the reigning World Supersport champion is nonetheless confident he can recover for the next event at Imola in just under five weeks' time.
"I'm really sad about this incident but at the same time I can say to my fans and to my team that I was really finding the feeling with the bike. I've been supported by my team and by surgeons perfectly; I'm sure I'll be completely recovered for Imola."
Also forcing ParkinGO MTC to delay its debut in the top flight having joined Davies in stepping up from WSS this year, team manager Giuliano Rovelli was disappointed with the outcome, but encouraged with his rider's improvements over the course of the week.
"The Australian round always seems to be enchanted for Chaz If we also consider last season, in which he had a bad start but a special ending as we all know. However I am fully satisfied with my rider for reducing the gap with the leaders and entering the Superpole without even finishing his session due to his crash.
“Chaz has been operated immediately and everything went properly. Our guy will be discharged tomorrow. We feel we can guarantee his participation in the World Superbike Championship second round at Imola."
With Superpole going on to be cancelled, Davies would have started the two races at Phillip Island from 15th position on the grid.