Silverstone: Haslam rues ‘big disaster’ after technical fault

Leon Haslam says he leaves Silverstone frustrated at missing out on two race wins on his return to BSB after a technical fault plagued his charge
Leon Haslam says he leaves Silverstone frustrated at missing out on two race wins on his return to the MCE British Superbike championship after a technical fault plagued his charge.

The JG Speedfit Kawasaki rider, who returned to BSB after a seven-year stint in World Superbikes, had enjoyed the perfect start to the season opener with pole position in qualifying but while fighting at the front in race one he suffered a technical fault which forced him to retire.

After an engine change for race two the difference in engine specification prevented Haslam from rediscovering his rhythm but he was able to battle from 15th to fifth to ensure he didn't leave Silverstone empty handed.

Despite the points finish, a frustrated Haslam was confident he could have produced the pace to win after strong runs during Friday's free practice sessions, while team-mate Peter Hickman's race two victory vindicated JG Speedfit Kawasaki's race pace potential.

“Today has been a big disaster if I'm honest,” Haslam said. “We had a great day yesterday and throughout every session my race pace was real good – we did a practice run Friday and my time would have been enough to win the opening race.

“Starting from 15th in race two didn't help and the new engine we used was a slightly different spec to the one we had used all weekend, which meant the engine braking and throttle connections were very different to before. It was a hard fought battle in the race and for some reason we were also suffering from quite bad chatter but we still came home in fifth.

“It's frustrating as I believe we could have had two wins today but we can move on to Oulton ready to make amends.”

Tagged as: Haslam , Peter Hickman

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Leon Haslam, JG Speedfit Kawasaki, [Credit:]
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Haslam, Byrne, Mossey, [Credit: Ian Hopgood]
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Leon Haslam, JG Speedfit Kawasaki [Credit: Ian Hopgood]

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April 13, 2016 10:04 AM

Honeybadger: Two wins? Seriously? Leon need to realise he's up against some serious talent in BSB. Do not underestimate the quality of the opposition just because it's a national series. For a man who hasn't won a single championship despite some VERY competitive machinery he should be a little more cautious at this early stage of the season.
Competition at the top of the field is certainly not better than it was when he raced in it between 2006 and 2008.


April 13, 2016 5:49 PM

SmokinHaddock: If the competition is so good how come there aren't several young chargers putting the old boys in their place? Who is the next young lad coming through who can go on to the world stage and win as Shakey and Leon did?

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