Sylvain Barrier says he is certain he will return to race action during the second round of the 2014 World Superbike Championship at Motorland Aragon after being forced to skip the opener through injury.
Barrier, a double Superstock 1000 champion, was tipped to challenge for honours within the new EVO class at the Phillip Island curtain raiser, but an accident during testing left him nursing three fractures in his pelvis.
Despite the severity of the injury, Barrier is certain the seven-week gap between the first and second events will give him sufficient time to recover, even if he still won't be entirely 100 per cent.
I will definitely be at Aragon. Surely I won't be 100% fit but I will do my best to get some good results. Definitely not the kind of start I would have wanted, but I've made a mistake and now I need to move forward. It was a really bad crash and I have three fractures in my pelvis.
“I already started the recovery and if everything goes well by next week I will start doing some swimming at the pool, then the next step will be aqua cycling."
Despite his absence, Barrier's BMW Italia team was still well represented over the race weekend, with local rider Glenn Allerton coming on board to record a pair of strong point-scoring results.
“The bike is really competitive and Glenn has a lot of experience. I am really happy that he had two strong races. But it's not just about the bike, but also about everyone working on it. The team and I worked together for 4 years and we know the bike very well.
“The guys worked very hard to give me such a competitive machine, so from my side I need leave the mistake behind and focus on doing my best from the next race up to the last one. I would like to thank my team for the amazing work they have done over the winter."