BSB Knockhill: Xavi Fores ruled out of the weekend with broken scaphoid
Xavi Fores has been ruled out of the Bennetts British Superbike weekend at Knockhill following a two-week X-Ray check-up on his broken scaphoid.
The Spaniard sustained the hand injury in a highside at Shell Oils during FP2 at the season opener at Oulton Park. Since then, Fores has been working hard towards a return to action in Scotland however he's now been declared unfit to ride.
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Fores has since voiced his frustration at the decision via his Twitter page. "Is so frustrating how I feel right now,” Fores tweeted. "There is a lot of riders in the past riding with broken bones, collarbones and fingers… I feel perfectly fit for racing and of course, I'm not happy with this decision and for sure, not accepting it.
"Specialist treatment is what I’ve been doing for two weeks. The biggest frustration is not allowing me to try any single lap…"
It's a big blow for Fores, who made quite an impression at Knockhill on his debut appearance in 2019. Fores, then riding for Honda Racing UK, secured pole position and finished on the podium in his first ever race at the Scottish circuit.
The former World Superbike rider will now be playing catch-up for the remainder of the season due to missing the opening six races. He may take some comfort in the fact that there are eight spots available in this year’s Showdown, and the landscape can change very quickly in BSB.
The opening Superbike race of the weekend at Knockhill is due to take place at 16:30 this afternoon (July 10). Races two and three are scheduled to begin tomorrow afternoon at 13:30 and 16:30 respectively.
Knockhill was not on the 2020 calendar due to Covid-19 restrictions. This year's meeting has been reduced to two days, with crowds limited to 1000 per day.