Kenan Sofuoglu is aiming to get his 20112 World Supersport title attack back on track at Assen this weekend.
Winner of the opening round at Phillip Island, on his debut for the Kawasaki DeltaFin Lorenzini team, the former double world champion dislocated his knee during testing at Imola - and was then black-flagged after running off-track in the race.
All of which means the Turkish rider has slipped to third in the championship, 20 points behind surprise leader - and fellow ZX-6R competitor - Fabien Foret leading into this weekend's third round.
Sofuoglu, who used to live in the Netherlands, is a previous double winner at Assen in WSS.
“Assen is not a bad track for me and I think it will be good for us this weekend. In the high-speed sections and smooth sections you need a lot of torque and we have good torque on our Kawasaki,” he said.
Turning to his knee injury, Sofuoglu added: “I have been riding Supermotard at home in Turkey to stay as race fit as I can but I was still having a lot of pain in my knee until recently. My doctor in Turkey gave me some painkillers and with the help of those I can now ride for a lot of laps without too much discomfort.
“So it looks like everything is going well and I should not need another operation to remove the screw in my left knee. I am feeling better and better all the time. The only thing is that I feel tired today because I have done so many laps on my Supermotard bike!
“We lost some points at Imola but I am getting my confidence back, especially as I have been going well on the Supermotard bike. I hope I am 100% at the Assen race because I am really missing the feeling of winning again.”