Pata Honda rider Leon Haslam was forced to miss his home World Superbike round at Donington Park this weekend following another medical check on Sunday morning.
|Haslam missed his home round at Donington Park
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After breaking his leg just under a month ago in a free practice session at Assen, Haslam had been pulling out all the stops to get himself fit and ready for the Donington round. He went out on his Honda for both practice and qualifying on Friday and Saturday, qualifying on the fifth row of the grid ahead of Sunday’s race. However after feeling some discomfort in morning warm-up he underwent another medical test and decided to pull out of the days races.
Haslam was understandably disappointed but understood it was for the best “Looking at the guys ride around Donington and knowing what I’ve done here in the past makes it kind of frustrating to sit and watch the races in the motorhome. Jonathan proved in race one that the bike was capable of fighting for the podium and I feel I might have been up there. There are a lot of ifs and buts, but I think it was the right decision not to ride. Even though I haven’t been riding today, the leg is still quite sore so I’ll get bit more physio, have a few days off, and see how we get on. The surgeon who operated on me says the best thing would be a few days on a warm beach so I’m going to look at an early flight out to Portimao and continue the work out there.”