Buildbase BMW's James Westmoreland has undergone successful surgery on his thumb injury sustained at Knockhill and is now targeting a return to the MCE Insurance British Superbike Championship at Thruxton.
Westmoreland will miss the next round of the season at Brands Hatch in two weeks time (18/19/20 July) after breaking the base of his thumb, and despite being disappointed to be sidelined from the next races, the Hull-based rider is pushing to come back stronger at Thruxton in August. The Buildbase BMW team are now considering replacement rider options to cover Westmoreland's absence.
Westmoreland said: "I'm obviously gutted to be missing Brands Hatch as it's a great circuit for me, but surgery was my only option. I've broke the base of my thumb and a small piece of bone was also loose so my surgeon has wired it back together.
"The frustrating thing is its only my thumb, but it's everything on the bike. Missing Brands Hatch is a shame because in 20 years racing I've never had to miss a round through injury, but it's so important I get it fixed up so it doesn't cause me problems in the future. I'm looking forward to supporting my team at Brands Hatch then coming back to the level I know we can be at week in week out."