Leon Haslam completely changed the engine, electronics and weight balance of his BMW S1000RR between the first and second World Superbike races at Phillip Island and was immediately in a position to challenge for a podium - even with a broken leg.
The Derbsyshire man, who rode with two 43mm screws in his right tibia after a testing crash, couldn't ride around big problems in race one but, after making big changes, he was able to run with the leaders at the start of race two and then settle in for fifth place.
“Overall I’m really happy. We had a problem in race one, which I couldn’t ride around. Even though just scoring points was the objective, I knew I could have done better. The boys worked really hard between races: They changed engines, electronics and the balance of the bike, and straightaway we were able to fight for a top five position," said Haslam.
"It’s a big credit to all the team and the medical staff who managed to get me out there in the first place! I also want to express my condolences to the family and friends of Oscar McIntyre, who died in that tragic crash yesterday.”