Eugene Laverty is still hoping to make a return to WorldSBK action at Misano but will only know if it will be possible a week before the event.
The Go Eleven Ducati rider is still recovering from breaking both wrists in a crash at Imola and has had to sit on the sofa and watch Tommy Bridewell on his Panigale V4R.
“Watching the race in Jerez at the weekend was very difficult and I felt sad not to be there racing for Team Go Eleven Ducati. I know how much potential there is with my Ducati V4R and I just want the opportunity to showcase it, ideally in Misano,” said Laverty.
“I’m doing everything possible in terms of rehabilitation to be ready for Misano but the clock is ticking. After my accident in Thailand last year my aim was to make my return at Donington Park but I actually made it back one round ahead of schedule.
“Again this year Donington Park was a more realistic target but I’ve had Misano in my sights for two reasons: it’s my team’s home round and secondly it was my strongest round of the season last year.
My left wrist has progressed well as it was a straightforward fracture of the radius and first metacarpal. The right wrist is a little more complicated with the fracture of the radius, ulna and scaphoid. Pronation and extension are quite limited and these are two key movements for the right wrist of a motorbike racer.
“I need to remind myself that most people would still be in cast after four weeks so I can’t complain about having limited range of movement at this stage. I’m aiming to race within six weeks so it is a tall order but something that I have been 100% focused on.
“As a racer I need targets and goals to help me to work day in, day out to speed up my recovery. Hands to a motorbike racer are like feet to a footballer, they are the money makers, therefore I I have to be 100 per cent fit before I can come back to race. And that’s something that I will only know in one week’s time prior to Misano.”