Harry gets all-clear to race

Harry Hartley
Harry Hartley

Burnley superbike star Harry Hartley is on the mend after injury forced him out of the fourth round of the British Superbike Championship at Knockhill a fortnight ago.

And he is raring to go and make his debut for new team Tsingtao WK Kawasaki at Brands Hatch next weekend.

The 17-year-old was due to make his bow at Knockhill, having moved on from Team Halsall Kawasaki, who replaced him with the more experienced Jon Kirkham.

But, as he got used to his new machine in FP3, he had an off that left him injured, and after a precautionary scan, he was forced out of the round.

Hartleyis now looking to replicate his effort last time at Brands, where he made BsB history in April by becoming the youngest rider to score championship points.

He has been given the all-clear by the hospital, and explained his move to Tsingtao: “Some things changed at Halsall and we no longer fit their criteria, so the move was the best thing for all parties.”

And he looked back on his crash at Knockhill, and his hopes for Brands next weekend: “I can’t remember much from the crash, but I think maybe the lack of bike and setup time may have played a part.

“However, I hope to get some strong finishes at Brands, not crash and get the bike to where it needs to be!”

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