Leon Haslam has been passed fit to ride in today’s opening free practice session at Snetterton after his nasty crash at Knockhill.
The JG Speedfit Kawasaki rider crashed heavily in the first free practice session at Knockhill two weeks ago and sustained two cracked vertebrae and concussion.
He was ruled out of the remainder of the fourth round and, after being discharged from hospital in Scotland, returned home to Derbyshire to see a specialist. After almost two weeks of rehabilitation and treatment including extended periods in a hyperbaric chamber, Haslam arrived at Snetterton intending to ride.
After a thorough medical examination by the BSB medical team who also assessed the information provided by Haslam’s consultant, he has been declared to fit to participate in this weekend’s action.
“I’m still pretty stiff, but we’ll be ok,” Haslam told MCN. “The medical team are happy for me to ride so that’s good. I’m looking forward to getting out, I haven’t completed more than three laps since Oulton Park at the start of May so it’s been a long time since I’ve been on the bike. We missed the test here with a technical issue so we’re a little on the back foot, but we’ll see how it goes.
“The team have made some quite big changes to the bike ahead of this weekend, especially with the geometry of the front end, and I’m keen to try this set-up. We’re working really hard on tyre life as that’s what held us back here last year, we even had to run the harder tyre in the shortened race.”
Christian Iddon, who was also injured in opening practice at Knockhill, has also been passed fit to ride. However, Glenn Irwin, the third rider to go down in that session, won't be on the grid this weekend as he continues to recover from fractures to his elbow and shoulder.
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