Jonathan Rea could miss the season opening World Superbike race at Phillip Island this weekend after crashing there during testing Tuesday. Rea went off at Turn 3 when his Castrol Honda caught fire from an oil leak. Though Rea has not sustained major injuries, he has broken and dislocated the ring finger on his left hand, and was flown to Alfred Hospital in Melbourne for tests. When combined with the general soreness from getting off the bike at 130 mph and the lingering issues from his fall last week at the Honda private test at Phillip Island, Rea is questionable for the race this weekend.
Though most reports suggest that it is the ring finger that is the biggest issue, Rea tweeted recently that he is “Spending the night in Hospital to keep an eye on things. Left wrist is main problem and is pretty swollen.” In better news, Rea can apparently tweet one-handed.
He was third fastest overall at the two-day Infront Motor Sports test, breaking apart the Ducati hold near the top of the timesheets, though no one could catch Carlos Checa. Teammate Ruben Xaus, who will start his 200th WSBK race this weekend, lingered further down in thirteenth position.