Luckless Rob Mac Racing Yamaha rider Karl Harris was forced to ride in the Cadwell Park British Superbike race two with a glove full of blood this afternoon.
The Bomber's appalling run of luck in this year's British Superbike Championship carried on as the Sheffield rider crashed out of race one earlier today breaking bones in his hand and ripping off the nail on his left little finger and then suffered a massive and mysterious loss of grip in race two.
Harris went out in the second race with a glove full of blood only to be rewarded with a grip problem which meant his times dropped by four seconds a lap for the final ten laps.
A good start put Harris in contention as he got away in 10th place, quickly picking up places over the next few laps. With the front five pulling away from the remainder of the field, it was all Karl could to do to progress up to sixth place with a huge 3.5 second gap ahead of him. As he got his head down Harris banked his fastest lap of the race as he crossed the line having completed five laps.
Although he maintained his fast pace and race position for the next five, Harris was struck yet again by the bad luck that has blighted his season to date.
Struggling with a dramatic loss of rear end grip, Karl visibly slowed on the track and lost over 4 seconds a lap, dropping places as his progress slipped through his hands. As the flag dropped Karl nursed his bike home to finish in a very frustrating tenth position, picking up a handful of points to salvage his weekend.
Harris said: " I've shattered a few bones and the nail has come off my little finger on my left hand when I hit the barrier. I've had a few injections in it so I thought it would be fine for race two.
"I got a good start and felt ok for the opening laps, I made some really good progress but then I just lost all my rear grip. I was really struggling to keep it going but I was determined to finish the race."