Westie back on Buildbase BMW at Cadwell

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James Westmoreland will return to the MCE British Superbike championship this weekend at Cadwell Park, having sat out three rounds since fracturing his thumb at Knockhill back in June.

The Lincolnshire racer tangled with Barry Burrell on the opening lap of the second race at the Scottish circuit, falling on his hand and breaking it so badly it required surgery to wire and pin.

Westmoreland said: "Obviously I'm really eager to come back at Cadwell and start the second part of my season. It's been hugely frustrating and difficult time, but I've been working with a great surgeon in Mike Hayton and also some of the best physios, and they've done a great job with my thumb and wrist. I'm excited to get back on my S1000RR and with my Buildbase BMW team and have five strong rounds.

"I haven't lost any speed from last year; we have just had things go against us this season. Our pace has actually been very good, but we haven't put it all together. As you can see with Kiyo our package is very strong. It's important I learn off him in these five rounds, from a championship point of view our year isn't going to be great, but we can certainly salvage it with some good results if we put everything together."

His replacement Lee Jackson, the team’s National Superstock 1000 rider, will now concentrate on his campaign to win the series, after a successful entry into BSB saw him take a number of top fifteen finishes.

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Simon Patterson

By Simon Patterson

MotoGP and road racing reporter, photographer, videographer