Haslam tumbles down the Mountain.

Leon Haslam heads into this weekend's Bennetts British Superbike races at Cadwell Park with a few bumps and bruises after suffering a heavy fall in free practice.

The HM Plant Honda rider was responding to the fast time set by practice pace setter Tom Sykes when he high-sided over the fearsome Mountain.

Describing the crash as similar to Leon Camier's leg-breaking smash last season, Haslam, who has won at Cadwell Park for the last three seasons, nonetheless got back on the bike and returned to the pit lane.

Blaming the crash on his attempts to adapt his Honda to the Lincolnshire circuit, Haslam was still in a positive mood about his day, despite a bruised shoulder.

“The crash was very similar to Leon Camier's crash last year,” he told the British Superbike website. “The bike can top the Mountain too fast and then it just flicks you straight off. Shakey did the same in the race last year as well.

“The HM Plant Honda does behave differently to the Ducati so I have been riding here slightly differently to how I did last year. I fell on my shoulder so I have an ice pack on that now before the next session. But other than the crash it was a positive session and I went out on both bikes and I am happy with the progress we have been making this morning."

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