WSBK » Three laps completed, but Haslam wants to race


Leon Haslam manages just three laps in practice at Phillip Island, but insists he is merely taking it very cautiously in his quest to make Sunday's races.

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pp916 - Unregistered

February 24, 2012 11:06 AM

Sorry McLarenP but you're starting to sound like a wittering old woman!
The choice is their's, they have to be checked and passed medically safe by the circuit doctors before being allowed to compete, if it was such a huge risk they wouldn't be allowed out.
You can't apply your own standards of care/pain when you're dealing with bike racers, they're on an entirely different level - if you're fancying your chances in this championship there's 50 points to be lost by not competing, scoring a few points is a damage limitation exercise with plenty of time to properly recover before Imola.

ZX10Rob

February 24, 2012 11:07 AM

Leon is a very wise and mature rider, he will not risk himself or, other riders. This season (like most) is going to be ultra competitive and picking up a few points this weekend for 'cruising' around at a relatively moderate race may well be crucial at the end of the season. Very brave decision by Leon.

190mph - Unregistered

February 24, 2012 11:19 AM

McLarenP says All Leon needs is a come together with another rider, or worse still, to fall off!! Then what ?????!!!!!!

What you've described there is a situation that could happen to Leon or any rider for that matter whether they were riding injured or not. Overcoming adversity is something most motorcycle racers will try and do.

Peace - Unregistered

February 24, 2012 12:10 PM

@G. Lavilla, of course he's a different rider from the one he was in BSB years ago, as the years pass, the experience increases and with that comes increases maturity and wisdom. some more than others granted...

McLarenP

February 24, 2012 12:20 PM
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I just think it is irresponsible to go out on a race track injured! Yes there is a medical that has to be passed, but all the same, a rider these days needs to be as fit as possible to handle these bikes and it is clear that Leon, and Eugene for that matter are far from it! This is a dangerous sport at the best of times, but knowing before you start you are putting not just yourself, but other riders at risk is just plain silly ! Look at how many riders are actually falling off and sustaining injuries - maybe they are not as fit as they should be in the first place - who knows!

Flojo - Unregistered

February 24, 2012 1:41 PM

None of us are medical experts and therefore have no idea of the seriousness of Leon's injury. We are not even in the Medical centre at Phillip Island so any comments are a bit meaningless. What I will say in Leon's defence is that I believe the injury is to his right leg and therefore it is probably only used for light usage of the rear brake pedal. As I recall there isn't a severe chicane where he would have to use a lot of pressuure on that leg to change direction so therefore his leg shouldn't suffer too much, bearing in mind his fitness.

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