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Leonov keeps his fingers crossed for Misano

One lap. No more than one lap on Saturday free practice in Donington Park, and the Vladimir Leonov fifth stage of WSS is finished. He entered the circuit with a good smile. First practice was good, and instead of the stone that broken the radiator and obliged him to stay in the box for more than 20 minutes, in only three fast laps he signed a promising 10th position. During the night mechanics prepared the bike to fits his request even better, and a significantly better performance was possible for Vladimir and Yakhnich Motorsport Yamaha R6.

But for some reasons destiny decided it wasn’t our weekend. Vladimir entered the circuit, made is flying lap, and just when he was starting the first full lap, at corner 3, suddenly he loose the rear tyre and a terrible high side was the end of his week-end.

Corner three, the Craner Curves, is one of the fastest of the circuit. 200 km/h in fourth gear, left hand corner after other two fast right corners. IN this part of the circuit yesterday Leonov was among the fasters riders, very safe and fluent riding...

In the first lap of second practice he entered much slower than fast laps on the previous day practice, and tyre temperature, asphalt temperature and general conditions was absolutely the same.

What happened? It happened that just some seconds before Vladimir arrived in that corner, the official showed the black/orange flag to number 38, Nemeth, for technical problems. 99% Vladimir loose the grip on some oil or water lost by the Toth Racing team Honda.

With the accident Vladimir suffered a double fracture in the left malleolus, left and right side.

It was immediately treated in the medical center and then in Clinica Mobile. Doctors says we have good possibilities to have him on the grid at Misano, next WSS race, the 10th of june, if rest and rehabilitation will work in the right direction.

Vladimir Leonov, Yakhnich Motorsport team: “I entered the corner much slower than usual, without any risk. I loose suddenly the grip from rear tyre, but it was not a standard sliding because of the tyre grip. I’m sure there where something on the asphalt. I’m so sorry to jump this race, everything was going in the right direction, and we could obtain even here a good result! Now I must stay 20 days without walking, than 1 week of rehabilitation just before the Misano race”.

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