Leon Haslam insists the elbow injury he sustained in the previous round of the World Superbike Championship won't hamper him in his efforts to regain ground on new series leader Max Biaggi at Misano.
Haslam suffered his first retirement of the season during the second race at Miller Motorsports Park after falling from his Suzuki, the erstwhile championship leader requiring stitches in his elbow.
Nonetheless, while the Suzuki Alstare rider admitted some discomfort at the recent Misano test once the stitches had been removed, he maintains it won't be a hindrance for the upcoming event at the same circuit.
“I had the stitches taken out of my left elbow just before the recent tests and I've got full movement in the arm, so I don't think there'll be any problems in that area. There's a little bit of discomfort because of where the stitches rub against my leathers, bit it's definitely not going to be a problem.
“Max (Biaggi) will want to do well in his home country, but I'll be going all out to give him a tough time of it and spoil his party.”
Looking back at the tests, Haslam is confident Suzuki have made the step forward required to stunt Biaggi and Aprilia's current momentum.
“The tests went pretty well, even though we did lose some time due to rain on one of the days. We still managed to get through a lot of stuff - new forks, different clutch settings etc., and we were all happy enough at the end.
“I like Misano and although it is a tough track, I'm sure that we're in for a lot of hard battles - but I like that! Everybody has tested there recently, so I'm expecting all the riders to be quick off the mark right from the start of first practice.”