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Haslam faces race and fitness battle

8 September 2012

Leon Haslam faces a task from 12th position on the grid at the Nurburgring after a tumble in Superpole left him on the outside of the third row.

The British rider is looking to secure a good result for BMW on home soil but left himself with work to do when he crashed on his first flying lap of SP2 under braking for the NGK Chicane.

Failing to set a time to leave him 12th on the grid, Haslam will also go into the races contending with shoulder pain having aggravated the injury he picked up in a crash last time out at the Moscow Raceway.

“In Superpole 2 with the extra grip of the qualifyer tyre the engine braking changed quite a lot. Due to that I made a mistake in turn one. I carried on pushing trying to get a lap in but at the end of the fast straight the front brake locked and down I went.

“I will get some more physio treatment now and have a rest before tomorrow so all should be good for the races. If we can sort out the few remaining little issues we had this weekend we can definitely run at the front and go for the win. It wasn't an ideal qualifying with 12th position but a good start tomorrow can make it up.”


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