Posted: 26 Apr 2013
Hopes were high in the PATA Honda WSBK garage this weekend as the team celebrated their home-round at the Dutch circuit of Assen.
Leon suffered terrible luck last year when racing on the BMW S 1000 RR. An already shortened race one saw Haslam leading the race with a comfortable gap back to second place, however he crashed out due to the slippery conditions caused by the extensive rain soaking the 17-turn track.
Haslam enjoyed three World Superbike podiums previously, with second and third place finishes the last time he was at Assen on a Honda in 2009 and Rea having taken at least one race win for the team in each of his last three visits to the 4.542km circuit.
The rain fell once again in Assen and during todays first free practice session, Leon had worked his way to fifth on the time sheets. Disaster struck and he crashed out on turn seven with just three minutes of the session to go. A red flag was raised and the session reached a premature end.
It was reported that Haslam had been taken to the medical centre and those in the paddock hinted that the Derbyshire lad had broken his leg.
Leon's wife, Oli Haslam, tweeted from Leon's Twitter account and confirmed this: “Hi Oli here, after his crash in FP1 we have come to the hospital and are awaiting news. He's ok but broken leg not sure how bad yet.”
Since then, Leon was taken to hospital in Assen where X-rays confirmed fractures to both his tibia and fibula in his lower left leg. The 29-year-old British rider is being transferred to hospital in Groningen where a specialist will operate later today to pin Leon's leg.
We wish Leon a speedy recovery and hope that in true Haslam style he will be out on race day.