Following a long convalescence and consequent absence from the race track, Broc Parkes is preparing to make his World Superbike Championship (WSBK) return in the next outing at Assen - thereby belatedly getting his 2010 challenge underway.

Parkes has been recovering from the broken tibia he sustained in his right leg in a pre-season training accident, which caused him to miss the curtain-raiser in front of his home fans Down Under at Phillip Island, and subsequently Portim?o and Valencia too.

In Australia he was replaced by compatriot and British Superbike Championship front-runner Josh Brookes, and in Portugal and Spain by South African 'super-sub' Sheridan Morais. Having dropped in on his Echo-CRS team in Valencia, however, in the Netherlands in a week's time, Parkes will be back.

"I am very happy that Broc visited us in Valencia," acknowledged team manager Sandro Di Stefano, "and I was delighted to see him in good condition. I could see that his desire to race is still the same, and now I'm eager to see him on-track at Assen.

"I am convinced that, as soon as his physical fitness is back to 100 per cent, he can be a contender. I wish him from my heart a strong comeback, so that he can bring good results to the whole team."