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VEAZEY TO BATTLE THROUGH THE PAIN AT HOME TRACK KRYSTAL Racing Space Air's Paul Veazey will be back in the saddle for his home round this weekend as the Metzeler Racetec National Superstock Championship heads to Croft Circuit near ...

VEAZEY TO BATTLE THROUGH THE PAIN AT HOME TRACK

KRYSTAL Racing Space Air's Paul Veazey will be back in the saddle for his home round this weekend as the Metzeler Racetec National Superstock Championship heads to Croft Circuit near Darlington.

Veazey, who lives just 20 miles away in nearby Middlesbrough, is still in pain after breaking his hand in training last month, but is determined to put on a good show for his home fans on Sunday.

He will be joined, as ever, on the team's distinctive yellow and blue Yamaha R1s by team-mate Lee Jackson, who is still riding high from his two second places in the Superbike Cup at Mallory Park last month.

Veazey, 21, is looking forward to competing at his home event, despite the injury. Last week he had the plaster removed and medics ruled him fit to ride. "I'm not sure how well I'm going to get on, it is still painful at the moment," he said.

"I've rested it and done everything the doctors told me, and they took the pot off last week. But it is still bothering me and to be perfectly honest, I've no idea how well I'm going to do. I don't even know if I'll be able to ride on it, and I won't get an idea of how it's going to be until I get on the bike for first practice on Friday morning.

"But this is my home round, I've got loads of my friends and family coming out to see me race this weekend and it will take more than just a sore hand to stop me. I've always gone well around Croft and I'm determined to go out there and do the best I can."

Jackson meanwhile is also looking forward to getting back onboard his machine. Apart from his one-off outing in the Superbikes three weeks ago, there hasn't been a full race since Mondello Park, Ireland, in June.

Both the Knockhill and Oulton Park events were cancelled due to the rain, and the 2005 champion is champing at the bit to get back among his Superstock counterparts.

"It feels like absolutely ages since we last had a Superstock race, and I just can't wait to get back out there," he said. "I had a great two races at Mallory when I had a crack at the Superbike Cup, but other than that I've not been near a bike -- and I've missed it!

"Last year Croft was my first round back with the Krystal team on the Yamaha, so I was still getting used to the bike. This year I'm ready to come out fighting and I'm determined to break the top three. I've not been the luckiest of rider's here but I reckon this time it's all about to change.

"We've had a long break and I'm refreshed and ready to go. Fingers crossed I'll be celebrating on Sunday afternoon."

And Lee's older brother and mechanic, Gary, will also be in action this weekend when he lines up for the Superstock Cup with his Newell Plumbing/Krystal Racing Yamaha R1.

Team owner Tony Astle remains his usual laid-back self ahead of the weekend. "It's hard to know what the weekend is going to bring because at the moment we're unsure of how well Paul is going to be. If it's too painful we'll advise him not to ride but he's a stubborn little thing and if he wants to go out, there'll be nothing we can do to stop him.

"Lee is feeling confident after his superb display at Mallory, and Gary's just as fired up too. It's been nearly two months since we actually had a Superstock race so the whole team is literally raring to go. Let's hope we have a good weekend and all three lads come back safe."

-credit: kr

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Series Other bike
Drivers Lee Jackson , Paul Veazey