Race ace was “lucky” to walk away from crash

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MCE British Superbike Championship leader Leon Haslam said he was lucky to walk away without serious injury from a dramatic crash.

Haslam, of Smalley, and James Ellison, were battling for a podium finish in race two of the third round of the championship at Oulton Park.

Ellison’s McAMS Yamaha lost power coming out of Druids corner on the 14th lap and Haslam, on his JG Speedfit Kawasaki, was unable to avoid a collision.

Haslam, who won the first race of the weekend to lead the series on 111 points, said: “We were all lucky to walk away.”

The racer’s bike was wrecked but there is a break until the fourth round at Knockhill, Scotland, in June.

“Everything was going well after a good win in the first race then there was a big crash in race two,” said Haslam, who suffered bruising.

“I felt comfortable in the second race and I was making good progress catching with Ellison.

“I came out of Druids and was flat out in fourth gear, going about 150mph.

“I briefly saw James sit up but there was absolutely no time to react.

“James pulled to the right when his bike cut out and that was it, I just ran straight into him.

“It’s one of the biggest crashes I’ve had in a long time.

“Thankfully, despite being pretty sore, I’m OK and nothing is broken.

“The air bag in my leathers went off straight away, which made a massive difference to me walking away.”

Haslam won the first race in 28 minutes 43.828 seconds after leading from start to finish. His best race lap time was 1-34.793 in the second race.