Jack Kennedy will ride in the first race of the 2014 World Supersport Championship season, despite having taken no part in practice and qualifying.

The Irishman fractured his ankle in pre-season testing at Phillip Island earlier in the week and was seemingly set to skip the remainder of the event having been disallowed from participating in free practice and qualifying.

Despite the lack of mileage, Kennedy - who is riding for CIA Insurance PTR Honda this season - was quick in pre-season testing prior to his accident, notching up the fourth fastest time on the first day.

Beyond the discomfort of his injury, Kennedy will start face a task to get into the points since he will be forced to get underway from the back of the grid.

However, while Kennedy is celebrating good news, there is disappointment for fellow Honda rider Lorenzo Zanetti, who picked up a finger injury in a qualifying crash. The Italian, who finished inside the overall top five last season, will therefore miss the opening round.



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