|Fit to ride.
Photo: Pata Honda
Pata Honda rider Leon Haslam has been confirmed fit to ride this weekend at Donington Park. The Brit had a thorough medical examination this morning by a FIM Doctor. Haslam suffered fractures to his tibia & fibula in his lower left leg in an accident on Friday morning’s free practice session at Assen, nearly 3 weeks ago.
Due to the injury, the 29 year old had his leg pinned and has been undergoing intensive treatment in an attempt to be fit for what is his ‘true’ home race, given that he lives less than 20 miles away from the Leicestershire circuit. Still using crutches to get around, Haslam was due to have the examination yesterday, but according to the Pata Honda twitter feed it was postponed until this morning due to issues with the Doctor’s car.
Coming into the round, Haslam explained what he had been going through during the past month in order to be fit for this weekend: “It’s just over three weeks since I broke my leg at Assen and, while that might not seem very long, it feels like ages to me. Since the operation to pin the leg, I’ve been doing everything I can to get it ready to get back on the bike. I’ve got to pass a medical of course, and then see how it feels on the bike, but at the moment I’m aiming to ride. Donington is my home race, so it’s a really special event for me and I know the circuit pretty well. I got a couple of good results on a private CBR at Donington in 2009 and could’ve had a couple of wins last year, so I’ll continue doing everything I can to get on the bike on Friday and see how it goes.”