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More pain as Haslam compounds BMW’s disastrous day

10 September 2012

Two weeks after sustaining injuries as a result of his spectacular collision with Max Biaggi in Russia, Leon Haslam is once again nursing bruises after a high-speed fall at the Nurburgring signalled yet more disappointment for the Englishman.

On the weekend it was confirmed he will be replaced by Chaz Davies at BMW next season, Haslam was determined to prove he had decent race pace after a fall in qualifying left him 12th on the grid.

As it happens, Haslam – contending with his shoulder pain - struggled to replicate the pace he had shown during simulations in free practice, fading to an eventual seventh place finish that he labelled as 'really bad'.

“Race one was really bad,” he said. “I felt I had the pace to run with Eugene Laverty and Chaz Davies. Earlier on I was struggling a little bit with the feel at the front and I found it quite hard to pass the other guys but then midway through the race I was really struggling with changing direction and in the last six or seven laps I had zero power.

“My lap times went up to high 59s and two minutes in the end, while yesterday I did a race simulation all in 56s. So for me it was really disappointing because it should have been a podium but today was affected by my injury and the power through my shoulder.”

Worse was to follow in race two when Haslam, having gotten embroiled in the fight for the podium, slid off at the high-speed Schumacher S, in turn giving his shoulder a knock on the way down.

“In race two I felt pretty comfortable. I was in a battle with Eugene and Leon Camier who finished second and third. I made a mistake a few laps before the crash which dropped me back behind the Ducatis but I managed to get back by them guys and to catch up to Camier but then I just lost the front. I never really had any slides before. It was just in that lap and it put me down pretty fast.

“It was strange. In race one a lot of people crashed that way. In race two it was me and Marco. Normally the crashes are on braking, but this time it was off brakes. I don't have any other major damage, just a lot of bruises. I landed on the same shoulder again and damaged my elbow and a finger a little bit but nothing too major.

“I am happy about a two week break now and then we will work on to getting back to where we should be. We were in a battle for second or third coming from 12th on the grid with my injuries so I can't be unhappy but I am just disappointed about the crash.”

With neither himself nor Melandri finishing the second race, BMW has lost its lead in the manufacturer standings to Aprilia and is now 7.5 points adrift.


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