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Rizla-Suzuki News: Haydon upbeat as recovery continues - June 27th 2006

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    Rizla Suzuki's James Haydon had the cast changed on his broken left foot this morning and is in a positive mood as he continues to recover from the crash he suffered during the second race at Snetterton on June 18th.

    An MRI scan in a London hospital last week revealed that James broke two metatarsal bones into nine pieces in his left foot during the high-speed crash at the end of the kilometer long Revett Straight at Snetterton. He also tore a ligament in his knee and has considerable muscle damage to his left shoulder.

    James said: "Getting the cast replaced means the swelling is subsiding and everything seems to be healing as planned with my foot.

    "I start physiotherapy on Thursday for my shoulder and it'll not be long after when they'll be able to help me with my knee as well. I feel okay now and can't wait to get back to fitness, it can't come quick enough."

    James is at home in Andorra recuperating and will not be racing at the next two rounds of the British Superbike Championship as his foot will still be in a cast. He also suspects he has an additional injury and said: "I think I may have broken a rib in the crash. It wasn't something that was picked up on the X-rays but my chest feels uncomfortable when I laugh or breathe deeply."

    Support from the fans is something that has blown James away. He said: "I want to thank all the fans who have sent such kind words and thoughts to me, they have been a big help during the last couple of weeks.

    "I am healing as fast as I can and am taking every measure so I can get back on a bike as soon as possible. I hope to see you at the racing soon."

    Rizla Suzuki will make an announcement on a replacement rider for James at the upcoming Knockhill and Oulton Park rounds of the Championship shortly. The rider will join regular Rizla Suzuki racer Shane 'Shakey' Byrne at both rounds and at an official test at Croft on July 5th-6th.