Foggy Petronas rider James Haydon has been declared fit to compete in the 10th round of the World Superbike championship at Assen, Holland, this weekend.

The Englishman missed the team's recent two-day test in Valencia with recurring neck problems, caused by a crash earlier in the season in Germany. But, following a week's rest at his home in Andorra, doctors have cleared James to race at the fast and flowing circuit in Northern Holland, where team owner Carl Fogarty won an incredible 12 out of his 16 races.

"I felt incredible pain in my neck while getting out of my car on the day before the test. I went down to breakfast on the morning of the first day of the test and it was obvious I wouldn't be able to ride," James, who will be leaving the team at the end of the year, explained. "The neck had locked up and it needed realigning and I have also been on anti-spasmodic drugs but, although it is not yet perfect, I will be able to compete this weekend and I am looking forward to finishing the season on a positive note."

Foggy himself stood in for Haydon, alongside Troy Corser, at the test, which was used to assess a modified cylinder head - designed to improving the driveability of the FP1 through increased torque.

"The test was useful to get back in the groove after the break and the changes to the engine have made the power curve more progressive," confirmed Corser. "We have not yet had a great chance to see how much difference this might make during a race weekend but I am hopeful that I can achieve a top six finish at Assen. If I am not there, I won't be too happy. We should not be at too much of a disadvantage here as it is a free-flowing track, rather than stop-start, and I have always done pretty well round here."

"Our aim now is to finish the season on a bit of a high," stated Fogarty. "Assen suits Troy because he carries a lot of corner speed, as I was able to do here. It is probably the easiest circuit for setting a bike up, so the fact this is our first visit here should not be too much of a problem.

"The FP1 should handle well here so we are hopeful of top ten finishes. The weather is usually unpredictable at Assen and we have not had a wet race all year, so it would be interesting to see how our bike goes," he added.

 

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