‘The fastest high­side I’ve ever had’

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It was a dra­matic start to the fourth round of the MCE Bri­tish Su­per­bike Cham­pi­onship at Knock­hill with three rid­ers hurt in big crashes in Fri­day’s open­ing prac­tice ses­sion.

One of those rid­ers was se­ries leader Leon Haslam, who was knocked out in an enor­mous high­side on the exit at turn six in the early stages of the ses­sion.

The JG Speed­fit Kawasaki man came around in the am­bu­lance and was taken to hospi­tal where it was con­firmed he’d suf­fered two cracked ver­te­brae in the in­ci­dent forc­ing him to miss the re­main­der of the week­end.

“I think it’s one of the fastest high­sides I’ve ever had,” he told MCN when re­turn­ing to the cir­cuit from hospi­tal. “It spun me like a top and I landed back­wards on my head.

“It was a weird one, I didn’t feel like I was push­ing too hard and it caught me out. It’s frus­trat­ing, mainly be­cause this is such a Kawasaki track and I feel I could have taken a cou­ple of wins here.”

How­ever, miss­ing a week­end isn’t the end of the world for Haslam with BSB’S Show­down sys­tem leav­ing the ti­tle fight un­til the fi­nal three rounds. Even more re­as­sur­ing for the 33-year- old is that main ri­val Shane Byrne has al­ready missed a round so far this year af­ter he was knocked out in a Don­ing­ton Park crash.

“With the Show­down, it’s all about podium cred­its, noth­ing else. Yeah, we missed out on a few of those this week­end but no more than Shakey missed at Don­ing­ton.”

While two cracked ver­te­brae might see you or I laid up for weeks, Haslam is de­ter­mined to re­turn to action at Snet­ter­ton in just two weeks’ time.

“I’ve been told the break is sta­ble, so I’m head­ing down to Not­ting­ham to see my con­sul­tant and sort a re­hab pro­gramme to be fight­ing fit for Snet­ter­ton. It’s been a few dif­fi­cult rounds with what hap­pened with James at Oul­ton, but the pace is there and the bike is good. It’s a long sea­son.”

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