After dropping out of the Donington Park round of World Superbikes ahead of the two races, Leon Haslam will make his full return to racing this weekend at Portimao. The British rider broke his leg in the practice
|Haslam is looking forward to a full return
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sessions for the Assen round at the end of April, subsequently missing Monza in early May.
Haslam was determined to return to the track for his home round at Donington and did exactly that. Whilst in some sessions he rose as high as the top ten, the Derbyshire rider qualified 13th – still a sterling effort for a man with a broken leg. The reality hit home though, with Haslam realising that the pain he was in would make it incredibly difficult to partake in two 23 lap races on the Sunday and made a sensible decision to drop out.
Now, two weeks later the 2010 runner-up is determined to return for the full weekend, although acknowledges it will be quite difficult as Portimao is an extremely physical track. “It was tough to miss out on Donington but it was the right call. Even though I made Superpole, I wasn’t able to ride the bike how I wanted in order to do the lap time. To do two 23-lap races would’ve been really tough, but I know that the leg will be better at Portimao. I’ve been getting more physio and trying to build up the quad muscle in my left leg, which has wasted a bit after not doing much for over a month. I came out to Portugal a couple of days early to get some sun and the weather hasn’t disappointed, but Portimao is another physical circuit. Donington is tough because of the heavy braking, but all the ups and downs at Portimao mean you really have to muscle the bike around. With the next round at Imola, I’ve probably got the three most physical circuits on the calendar for my comeback! I enjoy Portimao though, and got my first Superbike podium for Honda as a wildcard back in 2008, so I’m looking forward to see how we get on.”