World Superbike champion Jonathan Rea in arm op recovery
On the day he was snubbed by the BBC Sports Personality judges, Ballyclare's double World Superbike Champion Jonathan Rea had more on his mind.
Rea successfully underwent surgery in Barcelona last night to relieve an arm muscle condition, common among motorcycle racers. The condition, known as arm-pump, affects blood and oxygen flow, weakening the affected muscle area
Rea will return home to the Isle of Man today to continue his rehab procedure, before travelling to Belfast next week for a number of celebrations and the Action Medical Research SPARKS Motorsport dinner.
He said: "I'm very happy with the surgery as I have been struggling with this condition for a long time.
"I found myself not only suffering physically, but mentally as it took a lot of focus away from me when I was racing. Some circuits present a bigger problem than others, so I'm excited to be able to try and get on top of this problem and not have to think about it anymore. I am even more motivated to win a third World Superbike Championship so this is an area where I can improve myself."
With regard to his exclusion from the BBC Sports Personality shortlist, he added, indifferently: "I'd rather sit on the fence if I'm honest. As much as it's an honour to potentially be recognised amongst the best in the business from other sports, my main goal is to win races and championships in my own sport."