Salom still suffering from Phillip Island crash

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Team Pedercini Kawasaki rider David Salom says that his eighth and ninth placed finishes last week in Thailand don’t reflect the strength of his 2015 package, as he continues to struggle with the impact of a Phillip Island crash that saw him sit out the season opener.

Salom crashed heavily in Superpole 2 at the Australian circuit, rendering himself unconscious and leaving him still suffering the effects of his heavy concussion.

“I am still having some headaches. In fact, in Race 2 on Sunday the headache was actually distracting me, but I was able to fight through it and was going quicker by the end of the race. Hopefully I’ll be recovered further in another two weeks, so we’ll be all set for Aragon.”

“We had a pretty good weekend in Thailand though. Clearly, missing Australia and also the last round of 2014 in Qatar meant we had to pick up the pace. In fact, we saw that towards the end of the second race I was actually running quicker than I had for the whole of the rest of the weekend – even faster than I had been on Saturday with the qualifying tyre!

“I got better throughout the weekend, but these electronics are new to me so I still need to learn more in order to better know how to manage the traction control and move forward with that.

“With a few more races, we’ll be able to fight for better positions. I did have fun at Buriram, though – especially in the second race when I battled with Troy Bayliss. He was quite difficult to pass and was racing very hard, but once I did pass him I was able to push on and go quicker. When you’re in a group, it can be very difficult.”

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Simon Patterson

By Simon Patterson

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