Canadian World Superbike star Brett McCormick has targeted an August return to action following an intensive period of rehabilitation after his Assen horror crash.
The Liberty Ducati man cracked a vertebrae, among other injuries, when he ran off the Dutch track but says he remembers everything about the accident until he actually parted company wiht the 1198.
"I remember turning in and seeing a red and white bike come up the inside just before the apex. I didn't hear Carlos (Checa) coming because that's a pretty fast section and our bikes sound the same, so I didn't expect to see anyone pass me there. I thought we might touch if I stayed turned in so I re adjusted my line, but it's such a fast corner I ran out of track. At this point I knew I was in trouble and thought maybe if I made it across the astro-turf I could save it, but I wasn't so lucky," he said.
"With a broken neck it's tough to judge the healing time because every case is so different. I've been getting checkups every week and I'm healing up really good. I hope to get the brace off in a couple of weeks from now, and after that hopefully be able to race within a month. I could be back by the end of July if everything goes perfectly, but I think August is more realistic. When I come back as long as physically I am back to normal, I'd like to pick up where I left off and keep working our way towards the front. In Assen I was getting closer to the top 10, so hopefully I can pick up from there once I'm back."