Andy Reid expects this weekend’s fifth round of the Motorpoint British Supersport Championship at Knockhill in Scotland to be a damage limitation exercise after the Jordanstown rider fractured a bone in his heel at Snetterton.
The 21-year-old had finished on the podium in a brilliant third place in the Sprint race on the Team Traction Control Yamaha R6 but sustained the injury following a big high-side in the Feature race at the Norfolk circuit.
Reid has been undergoing laser surgery and physiotherapy in an effort to boost his prospects this weekend and hopes to be passed fit to race on Friday morning.
“I’ve had a lot of laser surgery and done a lot of physio and as much as I can really to try and be ready for this weekend,” said Reid, who is fifth in the series standings.
“The pain has eased slightly but it’s still going to be painful and I think once I get passed fit to ride then I can think a bit more about how we will manage this weekend.
“The bone is still broken so it’s painful but we can’t get any injections in the British championship, though I feel that once we get out there we can manage okay and it’ll just be a matter of getting a base setting on the bike and keeping the laps to a minimum in practice – it’s about damage limitation really,” he added.
“Whether I get passed fit to ride or not is the make or break point on Friday morning. I can ride a bike no worries, but it depends on everything else I’m required to do in order to be passed for the race.”
Glenn Irwin, a winner last time out on the Gearlink Kawasaki, will be aiming to close the five-point deficit to Luke Stapleford at Knockhill, while Josh Elliott will be out to maintain his title advantage in the National Superstock 1000 Championship.
Tyco BMW’s Alastair Seeley will be keen to claw back ground on Elliott, who is 22 points ahead of the Carrick man, while Michael Laverty and Tommy Bridewell spearhead the Tyco team’s challenge in the MCE British Superbike class.