Last Thursday, Buildbase Suzuki rider, Danny Kent made his return to two wheels, throwing his leg over a bike for the first time since his season ending accident last August.
The 28-year-old got his first taste of on track action since sustaining a dislocated and fractured hip at Round 5 of the Bennetts British Superbike Championship at Donington Park.
6 months on and still enduring the ramifications of his injury, Kent ventured out on track at the teams HQ at Mallory Park, piloting a GSX-R1000R Superstock machine.
He said: “It was a really good day; I’ve finally been able to swing my leg over a bike since my crash in August and it was successful.
“I’ve been doing a lot of rehab work with Loughborough University to try and make my hip stronger. However, I was still a bit nervous on the way to the track because it’s been six months since I last rode a bike.
“I was questioning myself, wondering if I’d forgotten how to ride, but it went well and I’m looking forward to getting back out on the bike next week.”
The accident came just two weeks after securing his first BSB podium at Thruxton, crossing the line in a respectable P3.
Having demonstrated great potential and filled with confidence, Kent and the team progressed onto Donington Park, where the season would take an abrupt turn for the worst.
It was a frustrating injury, significantly disproportionate of the crash which led the end of his rookie season.
The 28-year-old suffered the setback after colliding with his GSXR during a small crash at Coppice Corner in race 2 of the weekend.
Since then, Suzuki followed on in good form for the remainder of the season.
On the championships return to the venue for the penultimate round of the season, former teammate, Gino Rea, claimed his first two BSB victories in challenging conditions.
For 2022, Buildbase Suzuki have arguably bagged one of the strongest line-ups on the Superbike grid.
The new addition of Christian Iddon, alongside the returning talent of Kent, brings a new and exciting element into the garage.
For the first time in a number of years, a championship title in the Superbike class appears to be on the cards.