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Qatar World Supersport: Jonathan Rea may require surgery following crash

Published: 23 February 2008

Britain's Jonathan Rea may require surgery to his finger after crashing out of the first World Supersport race of the season.

Rea is still in the medical centre at the Losail Circuit more than an hour after the crash on lap two at the Qatar race.

MCN's World Superbike reporter Michael Guy has been speaking to the Hannspree Ten Kate Honda rider's family who say the Ulsterman has suspected tendon damage to his right ring finger.

Rea, who started in second place at this his first WSS race, is keen to compete at Phillip Island next weekend but this will depend on the verdict of doctors who say there may be a need for some surgery to his finger.

The former British Superbike rider was already riding with a damaged ankle sustained in a crash in qualifying yesterday.

Andrew Pitt, who also crashed out of the race as he hit team-mate Rea's flailing Honda CBR600RR, has sustained bumps and bruises.

The Australian says he is okay with just a few cuts to his finger and also banging his hip in the crash.