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Haslam hoping to race after cautious comeback

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.
Leon Haslam has hinted that he will be on the grid for the opening round of the 2012 World Superbike Championship at Phillip Island, despite completing just three laps in practice following the surgery on his leg just 24 hours earlier.

The BMW rider sat out FP1 entirely in an effort to preserve the leg, which had a screw inserted on the Thursday ahead of Friday's sessions, before making a tentative return to track in Q1.

Completing his just three laps, Haslam says he was not pushing at all when his solitary 'fast' lap put him just half a second behind the 16th place cut-off point for Superpole.

With this in mind, Haslam admits he may attempt to make it into Superpole and if he feels there are points on offer, he will go on to race.

“The surgery went really well. A big “Thank You” to surgeon Dr. Blackney, to Dr. Vincenzo Tota, to the guys at the circuit and at Clinica Mobile for sorting me out. I only did two flying laps today to see how I felt on the bike.

“That was the objective, and we will now leave it until tomorrow. I did not want to do anything silly. Actually I was not pushing at all, but rather cruising around. If it is the case that I feel well enough and we believe we can be in the points then I would like to race.”


Tagged as: BMW , Phillip Island , Leon Haslam

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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.



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