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Leon Haslam 'looking forward' to Silverstone

Silverstone will host round nine of the World Superbikes this weekend Credit: ITV News Central

The World Superbike Championship begins this weekend at Silverstone in Northamptonshire.

Derbyshire's Leon Haslam says he's looking forward to taking part after missing his home race at Donington Park earlier in the season through injury.

Around 20,000 people are expected at the event.

Leon Haslam after his crash at Assen earlier this season Credit: ITV News Central

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Superbike rider makes remarkable return to racing

Leon Haslam, 29, from Derbyshire Credit: PA

World Superbike rider Leon Haslam has passed a fitness test, meaning he will compete at Donington Park this weekend - despite breaking his leg just three weeks ago.

To watch Leon's interview with ITV News Central about the injury, click here.

The Derbyshire rider, who rides for the Pata Honda team, said on the team's website:

"It's just over three weeks since I broke my leg at Assen and, while that might not seem very long, it feels like ages to me. Since the operation to pin the leg, I've been doing everything I can to get it ready to get back on the bike."