Haslam back in action after Knockhill crash
Leon Haslam will return to action at this weekend’s fifth round of the 2017 MCE British Superbike Championship after the horrific highside that ruled him out of Knockhill.
The JG Speedfit Kawasaki rider was sidelined after he was knocked out and sustained two cracked vertebrae in a heavy crash in the opening laps of the first free practice session at the fourth round.
After being discharged from hospital in Scotland, he returned to his family’s Derbyshire home and saw a specialist in Nottingham to develop a rehabilitation plan that would see him back on track for Snetterton.
Having lost the series lead to teammate Luke Mossey after missing the two races at Knockhill, Haslam is keen not to lose any more points as the fight for the Showdown resumes.
“I had a meeting with a specialist on Tuesday and got the all-clear, so it’s just time more than anything now, I’ve been in the hyperbaric chamber and getting physio daily,” Haslam said. “As well as the two cracked vertebrae I also had concussion and a bit of whiplash. In my head I am 100% riding, I had a few headaches and a bit of double vi- sion last week but that’s quite common with the concussion and every day it’s getting better. There’s nothing broken or anything to hinder me from riding.
“I don’t need to come back, I’ve missed the last three races and still have more podium credits than anyone so I can afford to miss another round if I need to. I struggled at Snetterton last year, missed out on the podium there and at Thruxton. We also missed the test at Snett, but I like the circuit and I’ve been fast there in testing before so I’m looking forward to it. It seems like a lifetime ago I won at Oulton Park and I want that feeling again!” Q STOP PRESS: Tyco have announced that Andy Reid will replace Davide Giugliano in their BSB team. Reid tested with the team at Kirkistown and will join Christian Iddon at Snetterton.
‘I’ve been fast in testing at Snetterton so am looking forward to it’ LEON HASLAM
The fight for a Showdown spot resumes at Snetterton
A big crash ruled Haslam out of Knockhill round