Hannspree Ten Kate Honda’s Jonathan Rea will waiting until the morning of the first practice session to see if he is fit to ride in this weekend’s final Superbike World Championship round of the year at Magny-Cours in France.
Rea had to miss the races at the most recent round in Italy last weekend after suffering small fractures to his left collarbone and the scaphoid in his left wrist, but he hopes to be fit enough to ride at the weekend, to ensure he retains third place in the championship rankings.
“It is too early to say if I can ride at Magny-Cours, but I will wait until just before the race to make a final decision,” the Northern Irishman said.
“It is more important for the team that I start testing for next year free of injury and with no niggling physical problems, so we will see how things are.”
Double winner in Imola, Carlos Checa, is now only 14 points behind Jonathan, but as he is aiming for the title with Honda and Ten Kate again in 2011, a decision will be made at Magny-Cours whether Rea should race or sit this one out to be fully ready for the off season testing programme.