Former Aussie champ Sam Masters insists he will be ready for the new season despite suffering a broken bone at the base of his tibia on Sunday.
Masters crashed in practice for the final round of the Australian Championship and later withdrew in his opening ride.
He was found to have suffered the break and will undergo surgery on Tuesday, when a screw will be inserted to speed up his recovery.
The Wolves racer insists he’ll be ready for the start of the UK season in March. He said: “I could ride in a fortnight if I needed to because it’s nothing too serious even though I need surgery.
“The fact they are putting a screw into the damaged area means they are strengthening it and I’ll be right and good to go pretty quickly.
“I’d like to thank everyone over in the UK for their messages. I appreciate it very much and I’m looking forward to a big season in Europe.
“The Wolverhampton team looks good and I’m really excited about everything. This is only a minor blip in my season prep and I could be back on a bike in two weeks.”’