Haslam back in ac­tion after Knock­hill crash

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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

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