2011 World Superbike
The first round of the 2011 World Superbike Championship was almost a no go for Castrol Honda’s Jonathan Rea.
The Northern Irishman had to jump from his CBR1000RR during the final pre-season test at the Australian track, dislocating his left ring finger and experiencing much pain in his left wrist.
Rea then went down during Superpole, but managed the pain and raced at Phillip Island, finishing 12th in Race 1, and fourth in Race 2. Although Rea raced, it was still unknown if he would need any further medical attention from his injuries.
On Monday, Rea was further examined by a specialist doctor, and was reported to have not sustained any other "fractures or other significant injury." The doctors reported Rea will compete at Round 2 in Donington on March 27, and should be close to full fitness.
Jonathan Rea (Castrol Honda Superbike) says: "I have just been to see my specialist in Manchester and he has given me the all clear and confirmed that there is no further damage to my repaired ligament in my left wrist. I only have some soft tissue damage to the right wrist. That’s really good news and all I have to do now is work hard in rehab to regain full function.
"It was really hard in Australia; it drained me of everything. When I got home it hit me two or three days later. Traveling home was a big effort and I also got sick at the end of last week, which knocked me out for a day. I think it was a mix of jet-lag and illness, but now I have got a spring in my step again.
"I should be close to full fitness in time for Donington, so I should have no pain like before. My dislocated left ring finger still does not have a full range of motion, but that is a minor detail."
During the bad wreck at Phillip Island, Rea crashed his Castrol Honda CBR1000RR at Turn 3 just oments after posting the third overall quickest time at the final pre-season World Superbike test .
The Ten Kate Honda team’s report states oil leaked onto the superbike’s rear tire from the motor, which caused a fire on the Honda. Due to the fire, Rea was forced to jump from his Honda Superbike at about 130 mph, and subsequently dislocated his left ring finger and experience pain in his left wrist.