Just days before the start of the 2011 World Superbike championship season began, Jonathan Rea suffered a high speed accident at the Phillip Island track. Rea was taken to the hospital for x-rays, fearing that he broke his wrist. But Rea released a video today, saying that he did not suffer any serious injury, and that he was hopeful that he’d be on the grid this weekend for the start of the 2011 World Superbike season.
Rea posted a video from his hospital bed in Melbourne.
“Here I am in the hospital, not really how I wanted my championship to begin. I went down really hard on turn three during the test day… The bike spat me off really hard, probably a130mph crash,” Rea said. “But the most worrying thing for me was the possibility of aggravating the old injury to my hand… But all the X-rays and CT scans showed that there are no fractures. There maybe a fracture to the edge of my left collarbone, which I hope is a previous injury.
“Hopefully we can get out of here later today with good results and I can be on the grid on Friday. We’ll see how it goes. I am really optimistic because I have a range and movement in both my hands, which seemed to bear the brunt of the crash. We’ll try to swelling down to a minimum, but hopefully I can get on the bike without too much discomfort, and get out on the grid on Sunday trying as hard as ever.”
Here is the video from Jonathan Rea.
The World Superbike season starts on Sunday, the 27th.
Courtesy of AllAboutBikes.com