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Leon Haslam on ‘tough few weeks’ after dislocating shoulder in BSB test

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Leon Haslam, ROKiT BMW, BMW M 1000 RR, 2023 BSB, Donington Park, action [credit - Tim Keeton/Impact Images]

Leon Haslam has revealed he has endured a road to recovery over the past month after dislocating his shoulder in a crash during the recent British Superbike Championship (BSB) test at Knockhill.

The 2018 BSB champion - who is in the running for this year’s title after positive results during the opening three rounds of the season - says he only got 30 laps in on the ROKiT BMW M 1000 RR before hurting himself in a fall.

Benefitting from the extended break between rounds for the Isle of Man TT, Haslam is in better shape heading back to Knockhill this weekend, where he is bidding to build on a strong run of races that have so far yielded four podiums and seven top six results in nine races.


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“Knockhill for me has always been a bit of a mixture really, I got my first win there back in ‘98 on a 125 and had a lot of success there on the Kawasaki," he told the BSB website

“But then I also broke my neck in a crash there in 2017, which was a big one and last year I got clipped at the hairpin and had to have all my neck stitched up so a bit of misfortune too!  But I do love the battle around Knockhill.

“BMW have not had the best of results there over the last few years, and for me the test didn’t really go to plan. We only got 30 laps before I dislocated my shoulder so it’s been a few tough weeks on a bit of a rehab, but we did get to test a few things over those 30 laps.

“This year it has been so far, so good, we have been battling for podiums every weekend so hopefully fingers crossed we can hit the ground running. 

“It’s a real tight and aggressive circuit, we need to improve the bike on the braking stability, but the rest of it has been going really well so fingers crossed and we are looking forward to another three races.”

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