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Leon Haslam raced while still recovering from a broken leg
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Wednesday, 31, Jul 2013 02:59

by Daniel Mackrell

Honda's Leon Haslam, Michael van der Mark and Takumi Takahashi won the Suzuka 8 Hours over the weekend (27-28 July).

The three Honda riders managed to gain victory in Japan, finished with a lead of 1'52 over the Yoshimura Suzuki Racing Team , which finished in second place, while Team Kagayama finished in third.

The Musashi RT HARC-PRO team was impressive in its route to victory in the World Endurance Championship race, with rookie van der Mark having a particularly good run, winning the race in his first ever attempt.

Local rider, Takahashi was also consistent enough to ensure his team's victory.

However, Leon Haslam was the rider that was particularly impressive, considering he is still recovering from a leg break that that he suffered in April this year.

Nicknamed 'Pocket Rocket', the 26 year-old broke his left leg on the Assen track in the Netherlands during qualifying for the third round of the World Superbike championship.

Haslam has refused to let the injury hold him back, and took part in the first qualifying session at Donington Park just three weeks after he first got the injury.

By winning, Haslam follows in the footsteps of his British Pata Honda team-mate Jonathon Rea, who won the Suzuka 8 hours championship with Honda last year.

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