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Bruised Haslam turns attentions to Portimao
18 September 2012
With just two rounds to go until he bids farewell to the BMW team after two seasons, Leon Haslam has once again set his sights on securing that elusive first win for the German manufacturer at Portimao.
The Briton has enjoyed two fairly competitive years with BMW, but has notably been unable to scale the top of the podium in that time, unlike his title contending team-mate Marco Melandri who has won six times.
With BMW having now confirmed Chaz Davies alongside Melandri for 2013, Haslam has just two events left to secure his first triumph on the S1000RR, though he will have to do so with ligament damage in his shoulder following his accident at the Nurburgring.
In a year that has been hampered by injury at times, Haslam is certain he will be in full fitness by the time action gets underway in Portugal.
“Germany was pretty tough; I had two more crashes on my shoulder but I had some MRI scans which were quite positive,” he said. “There is no tendon damage, just at the ligament and some fluid in the joint. So I'll benefit from resting it before the next race in Portugal.
“I had a virus also in Germany, so last week I was recovering from that also. I spent some time relaxing and now I am looking forward to Portimão.
“The race track is very different; it is very up and down and quite aggressive. It is one of the circuits I have enjoyed in the past.
“Last year we had a tough time but during the tests we have done there over the winter we were quite competitive so I am looking forward to going back there with this bike. Like always we will push for the win which we know we can get. We just need a little bit more luck and then we can achieve that target.”