Kenan Sofuoglu has undergone a successful surgery on his broken right wrist, despite initialling being given a boost that he wouldn't require an operation, and even though the Turkish rider has a six-week recovery timetable he's aiming to be fit for the 2017 season opener next month.

Sofuoglu sustained a broken right wrist last week (22nd January) in a crash while Supermoto training in Italy which instantly ruled him out of the two European-based pre-season tests in Jerez and Portimao.

After being initially assessed by doctors and Clinica Mobile, it was thought the defending World Supersport champion would not require surgery on his injury and had been given a 20-25 day recovery period.

However, it has been confirmed the Turkish rider has undergone surgery and has been given a recovery schedule of six weeks, but with the 2017 season opener at Phillip Island less than four weeks away Sofuoglu is targeting a miraculous return.

"During cold weather, the bones are so stiff that you can break even in a small accident," Sofuoglu told worldsbk.com. "We had a final official test before the race in Australia and didn't have chance to participate because of this surgery.

"My doctor said that my pain will decrease in two weeks - I might miss the test after three weeks, but then could race after three-and-a-half weeks. I do not know if I will be able to go out in the first race, I'm living with hope.

"I want to protect my championship as world champion of 2016. Sometimes these difficulties make us stronger during the season and I have had difficulties in my previous championships."

New Kawasaki Puccetti team-mate Kyle Ryde has had the responsibility of pre-season testing after Sofuoglu was forced to miss out.

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