Leon Haslam admits he was surprised to come away with second place on the grid for the final British Superbike round of the season after hurting his collarbone in the early stages of qualifying.
Haslam took a tumble in the opening few minutes of the first timed segment when he looked behind him coming out of Druids, the five-time race winner losing his balance and coming off the HM Plant Honda.
Damaging his bike in the process, Haslam was forced to run back to the pit garage and jump on the spare bike, where by he would ease through the two knockout rounds and secure a front row spot in the shootout for the top ten positions.
Nonetheless, despite his successful day, Haslam reveals he will need pain-killers to get through the two races after aggravating an injury to his collarbone during the accident.
“The crash was my own fault, although the track wasn't in the best condition,” he said. “I high-sided the HM Plant Honda coming out of Surtees but luckily still had 20 minutes to get back to the pits and get into the top 20 in the Roll for Pole. Then in the final session I managed to put the bike in P2 and to be honest I was a little surprised.
“My race pace should be good as it was pretty unbelievable on Friday. I'm just struggling a little with the damage to my right collarbone. The change of direction is the hardest thing to handle, but I've got some pain-killers for tonight and I may be strapped up for the race. Let's see what happens.”