BSB: Haslam focusing on positives after Oulton crash

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Leon Haslam was determined to look at the positives after his horrifying crash during Monday’s second MCE British Superbike race at Oulton Park.

Haslam was left with nowhere to go when James Ellison’s McAMS Yamaha cut out on him on the run down from Druids to Lodge towards the end of the race. Clipping the back of the R1, Haslam was thrown over the bars of his Kawasaki and slid down the side of the track, luckily avoiding both the armco barrier and his machine ricocheting off the fence.

While he’d miss out on what he believes was a potential 25 points, the former WSB runner-up was keen to look on the bright side after escaping such a serious crash uninjured.


“I’m gutted, of course,” Haslam told MCN after returning from the medical centre with the all-clear. “That being said, I’ve got to focus on the positives as that could have been a lot, lot worse. It wasn’t in any way our fault, and without that I’m pretty confident we could have caught Shakey in the final few laps so I can’t be too down about it.”

Recalling the incident, he said: “James’ engine cut out as soon as I clicked fourth gear. I managed to snap the front brake as I hit the back of his bike and just went straight over the handlebars. I’m a bit winded and have a few scrapes here and there, but I’m OK which is how we have to look at it as it was a very serious crash.” 

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Oli Rushby

By Oli Rushby

Former sports reporter covering British Superbikes, World Superbikes and road racing