Jonathan Rea to make World Superbike return in Germany

Jonathan Rea
Jonathan Rea is targeting a third victory at the Nurburgring

Jonathan Rea will return to World Superbike action this weekend at the Nurburgring after over two months out with a fractured wrist.

The Ballyclare rider suffered the injury in a 140mph crash during the warm-up at Misani in Italy on 12 June.

"I've missed a few races because of the injury, but I've got a new target for the end of the season and I know what I need to do to achieve that," said Rea.

Rea has won twice in his last two visits to the German circuit.

The Castrol Honda rider underwent surgery to repair a radius fracture in his right wrist after the crash.

Rea is set to make his comeback after successful testing in Assen last week.

"I can't wait to get back on the bike in a race weekend situation at Nurburgring," added the 24-year-old.

"The test at Assen was great for me to ride and work with the team again, but I'm really looking forward to doing it for real again this weekend.

"Assen was also good from a confidence point of view, because the lap time was pretty good and I was able to complete a lot of laps without any pain from the wrist.

"The good thing is that the guys have been working really hard back at base since I've been away, and there were some good new things to test last week.

"I'm really looking forward to using them this weekend."

Rea has dropped four places in the standings to 12th during his absence while Toomebridge rider Eugene Laverty is fourth.