DARCY IN DENMARK?
Australian star Darcy Ward says he is “kind of definite” that he will make his SGP return in the Moldow Danish SGP in Copenhagen on June 29.
11 / 06 / 2013, 16:32
Australian star Darcy Ward says he is “kind of definite” that he will make his World Championship return in the Moldow Danish SGP in Copenhagen on June 29.
The Queenslander has been replaced in the Gorzow SGP on Saturday by first reserve Ales Dryml as Ward continues to battle back from the broken shoulder he picked up in Gothenburg on May 4.
The Torun rider hopes to practice in Poland this week or next and could even make his racing return for Dackarna in their home fixture with Hammarby on June 25.
Copenhagen is kind of definite. Maybe in the week before I’ll ride for my teams throughout Europe. That’ll give me a meeting or two before we go to the Grand Prix.
But he admits being thrown straight into an SGP event at this stage might be a step too far. He said: “If I had even just a little slide-off, I’m not sure how much of a knock I could take. I’d rather wait the extra two weeks and then make a decision.
“I’m going to Poland at the end of this week or maybe early next week to have a practice. We’ll have to wait and see.
“It’s so hard at the level we’re at and I don’t think my fitness is where I want it to be. I’m going to wait the extra two weeks. Hopefully the extra two weeks are a good step for me and I’ll make big things from it.
“Copenhagen is kind of definite. Maybe in the week before I’ll ride for my teams throughout Europe. That’ll give me a meeting or two before we go to the Grand Prix. I might go to Sweden on the Tuesday, but I’ll practice before that and see what position I am in with my shoulder.”
Ward says his break has healed up well. “It’s pretty good,” he said. “When I forget about it and go to lift stuff it’s really heavy and weak.
“But I had a guy come over today and we started working on some training to try and build it back up. I’m sure within a week I’ll know how far I can push it or not.
“I had an X-ray and it was healed up, which is good to know. But when I go to Poland, I’ll get a CT scan done and we’ll know what’s going on.”
Ward is 20 points behind eighth-placed Greg Hancock going into the Gorzow SGP and knows he will have a huge mountain to climb if he is to salvage a top-eight automatic qualification place for 2014.
He said: “Everyone is going to be a lot sharper than myself, but I know that. I’m just looking to come back and gain some experience.
“If I do make the top eight, that’s good for me considering how long I’ve been out.”