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New Alstare Suzuki signing Leon Haslam has said he is over the moon with his test performance at Portimao despite not being fully fit after a crash in the previous race.

Haslam had to have 15 stitches put in his elbow, which he also chipped, after the fall but still managed to record the fourth fastest time with a 1'42.251 set on race tyres.

I am over the moon in every way and really excited about the future. We went through more than I expected and found many good ideas to work with.
It was a shame that I injured myself last Sunday in the morning warm-up on raceday, because it meant that I wasn’t 100% here at these tests," said Haslam.


"I have had internal and external stitches in my left elbow and also damaged some ankle ligaments, but I don’t really notice any pain when I am on the bike. At the end of the day, I feel a bit sore, but nothing too bad.
I am impressed with the bike and the team and think we have established a good relationship very quickly.

"Everybody has helped me so much, right from day one. Although Sylvain and I have not had much time to discuss the bike together, I know that we both have said more or less the same things and I am sure that we’ll work very well together.

"When I got on the bike for the first time, I didn’t know exactly what to expect, but I was so happy after the first day because I lapped a second quicker than on raceday last weekend. Of course there is a lot more to learn and it is just a case of getting down to it, making improvements and keeping progressing.

"It’s been really good to have his test, so soon after the season has finished, and get right into it straightaway and now I am already looking forward to the next tests."
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