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Harris rides through the pain.

After picking up some much needed luck at Knockhill, Karl Harris returned to frustrating 'normality' in the latest Bennetts British Superbike round at Cadwell Park after crashing in the first race and damaging his hand.

Coming to the circuit on the back of his first podium of the season at Knockhill, Harris was hoping for a similar result to buoy his end of season hopes but he was instead left nursing an injured hand when he slid off coming up to the Mountain.

With blood seeping through his glove, it was soon revealed that Harris had broken a few bones, as well as tear the nail off his little finger when he collided with the barrier.

Nonetheless, a few pain killing injections later and Harris was back on the Rob Mac Yamaha for the second race, 'The Bomber' rising as high as sixth before struggling with grip issues. Eventually dropping back to tenth, Harris was pleased to record at least one finish this weekend.

“I've shattered a few bones and the nail has come off my little finger on my left hand when I hit the barrier. I've had a few injections in it so I thought it would be fine for race two. I got a good start and felt ok for the opening laps, I made some really good progress but then I just lost all my rear grip. I was really struggling to keep it going but I was determined to finish the race."

Team principal Rob McElnea, meanwhile, was similarly sanguine about the weekend, resigning himself to expecting further bad luck after the good result in Scotland.

"From the highs of Knockhill we are back down to the lows. Karl made a mistake in Race 1 that really cost us any chance of a good result this weekend. We had a problem with the tyre spinning on the rim in the latter half of Race 2, which just about summed up our weekend for us. Once again we will pick ourselves up and move on to the race at Croft."


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fast jack

August 26, 2008 2:56 PM

cracked me up when karl came to do an interview and showed us all his little finger , minus the end bit , everybody was cringing including the big tough presenters...but there were a lot of incidents at cadwell park,and thoughts must go out to the guys involved,hope its good news this time.



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