Brett McCormick could be just two weeks from a return to the World Superbike Championship as he nears the end of a long road to recovery from injury.
Competing in only his second WSBK event at Assen, the Canadian crashed after an altercation with Carlos Checa, picking up a C5 vertebrae fracture and hand injuries that were originally feared serious enough to keep him out for much of the season.
However, having begun physiotherapy two weeks ago and returned to Motocross training, McCormick has been given the green light to undergo a check-up at the next WSBK round in the Czech Republic with a view to getting back on the Effenbert Liberty Ducati for round ten at Silverstone.
"I got clearance from my doctor about 2 weeks ago to start doing physio, and get back into shape," he said. "I've been working hard everyday and the neck is feeling awesome. I'm suffering from a bit of whiplash, but the bone is healed up 99% and I don't get any pain from it anymore.
“I've been on my road bicycle pretty much everyday for the past 2 months so my lungs are ready to get back at it, just need the rest of my body to get back into shape."
“This week was the first time I've been back on a bike since the accident, and I didn't suffer any soreness in my neck or thumb from riding. I went out to our local Motocross track to mess around a bit, and I have to say that was probably the best feeling ever after not turning a throttle for 3 months.
“I'm going to continue doing some MX until I head back to Europe. Everything has gone according to plan with the recovery and should be all good to make my return at Silverstone!"