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Hapless Haslam ‘sore’ but uninjured after crashes
26 August 2012
Leon Haslam says he will be fit and ready for the next round of the World Superbike Championship, despite being caught up in Max Biaggi's accident during the second race at the Moscow Raceway.
A rider that has suffered with poor fortune on occasion this season, Haslam was looking to turn things around with a victory challenge around the new Russian circuit from the front row of the grid.
However, having worked his way up to second place during the early stages of race one, Haslam would slip back when he ran wide on lap six, whereby he would proceed to play catch up for the next ten laps.
A determined effort would get Haslam back up to third as the race entered its latter stages, but his hopes of a podium would be scuppered when his attempt to capitalise on Chaz Davies running wide at turn three on lap 19 led to the pair coming together as the latter returned to his racing line
Sending Haslam off his bike, though the Briton was able to remount and complete the race, he could only do so in sixth position.
“In race one I felt pretty comfortable,” he said. “I made the start that we wanted. Conditions were quite tricky so I didn't want to push too much. Early on in the race I made a mistake and ran off the track and I dropped back a few places.
“I re-joined and managed to work my way back up into the top three. I got stuck behind Chaz who was a bit quicker on the straight so I had to make the move in the twisty section. He kept running quite wide in one of the turns and I made my move, but he closed the door and we collided.
“It was frustrating because I felt pretty comfortable and was taking it quite easy in that position and I even thought that we might have the chance to pulling Tom back in at one point but again it was not meant to be. Still I managed to get sixth place, even with the crash.
Worse was to follow for Haslam in race two, however, when he was struck by Biaggi into the final corner on lap ten, the Italian having misjudged his braking distance on the dirty line as he attempted to pass Jonathan Rea.
Skittled out of fourth place, despite a 'bang to the head' and a 'sore leg', Haslam was otherwise unhurt in the violent accident and insists he will fine to race at the Nurburgring in two weeks' time.
“In race two I also felt pretty good. I had the same pace as Marco and Eugene who I was racing with. I was losing out at one corner which leads on to the long straight, so I found it quite difficult to pass. When Marco came through I felt as though Eugene was holding me up a little bit.
“Then going into the end of the back straight Max must have made a mistake and that was it - race over. It was just bad luck. It's kind of the story so far this season. I had a little bang to my head and have a sore leg, but nothing that will stop me from racing in Germany and I'll be fit and strong by then.”
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