Despite injuring his shoulder and leg last time out in Russia, Leon Haslam insists he simply wants some luck to go his way when he returns to action at the Nurburgring this weekend.
The BMW rider was in contention for a podium in both races at the Moscow Raceway, but a collision with Chaz Davies in race one left him sixth at the chequered flag, before he was innocently caught up in a violent accident with Max Biaggi
during the second race.
With the latter incident, in which Biaggi lost control under braking and couldn't stop before hitting the back of the BMW, leaving Haslam with a pained shoulder and leg, the Briton admits he will go to Germany nursing some soreness.
Nonetheless, he is certain he will line up for BMW at its home race, where he hopes a change of luck will see him challenging for victory.
“From the result side, I was obviously disappointed at Russia. They were another two races that could easily have been two podiums, but again ended in very bad luck and crashes. From the physical side, I damaged my left shoulder and my left leg and I felt a bit stiff overall. However, I have been recovering at home and also doing some physio, so I should be fully ok for Germany.
“The Nürburgring has always been a good circuit for me. I had a good result there in 2010 when I finished on the podium. Last year it would have been one of the strongest weekends for us at BMW. We had the pace for victory in both races. In race one, we had an issue with the bike but still a very good pace that would have taken us onto the podium, while race two was the horrible rain-dominated race, in which I crashed.
“We did not achieve the results last year, but the bike and I definitely have great potential at the Nürburgring. I am looking forward to returning there this year. Our goal is always to win and we will try to shake off the bad luck we have had this year and get the win that we deserve.”