JAMES Toseland may not be at 100 percent but the Kiveton rider insists it will take a lot more than a nagging wrist injury to keep him away from his home race at Silverstone this weekend.
Toseland was again forced to miss out on round eight of the World Superbike season in Brno three weeks ago as he continued to rehab his right wrist.
Indeed the 30-year-old has only completed one race since the opening round of the season all the way back in February but with round nine coming back to Silverstone Toseland feels the time is right to test the water again.
However the BMW Motorrad Italia rider admits he is taking something of a risk having not tested his injury over race distance since he began his rehab work.
“I have just come back from a few days testing in Mugello and that went well, I got about 50 laps in total in on the bike so that gives me a confidence,” he said.
“You never want to come back too early and doing even more damage so it’s been a pretty hard time.
“I have worked hard on strengthening the wrist and it feels great to be taking to the starting grid at my home race.
“I always knew that racing was going to be out of the question at Brno, it was just great to get back on the bike and get a feel for it again.
“But I only did four or five laps at a time in Mugello before resting so I haven’t put together 30 laps in one go yet but I feel good and am ready to get back to the track, I just hope the wrist can take it.”
Such has been the length of Toseland’s lay-off that rumours of retirement had begun to stir: “I wouldn’t say this has been the worst injury of my career but certainly it’s the most annoying, there have been some retirement rumours but I haven’t paid them one second of attention,” he said.
“I had about two and a half months where I really wasn’t sure if was going to be able to ride again, and even now it’s still a bit of a voyage into the unknown because I don’t know if it can do the race distance.
“But I’m feeling ten times better than previously. If I’m honest I’d say the wrist is still only at about 50-60% but that’s improving all the time.”
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