Knockhill: Haslam: Wet or dry we’ll be up there

Leon Haslam feels despite missing a couple of tenths in lap time in wet qualifying he will be challenging for victories in any conditions at Knockhill.
Leon Haslam feels despite missing a couple of tenths in lap time in wet qualifying he will be challenging for victories in whatever conditions are thrown up at Knockhill with his JG Speedfit Kawasaki.

The current MCE British Superbike championship leader has been quietly confident with his pace on his return to the home of Scottish motorsport for the first time in eight years having topped the final free practice session in drying conditions.

After a sudden rain downpour suspended qualifying for an hour Haslam battled through the treacherous wet conditions to grab third, but felt a third pole position of the year was within his grasp if the session progressed.

“Overall we are not too far away and there are definitely a few areas I want to look at,” Haslam said. “For me it wasn't an ideal Q3, I thought we made a wrong move for the last sessions, so we need to reassess that.

“It is a tight circuit but I am feeling confident with the track so it is nice to be on the front row. I would of course liked the pole and in the dry I was on for provisional pole so in the wet we need some minor tweaks but in the dry I'm feeling pretty good.”

Haslam is certain he has the race pace in both the dry and the wet as he looks to extend his three-point lead in the BSB championship standings, while also collect a useful helping of podium credits with one eye on the Showdown.

“In a wet race we will be able to go with them, we are within one or two tenths, I struggled in qualifying and made a few mistakes pushing a little bit too hard but my rhythm was as quick as anyone,” he said. “I was going P1 to P3 in every lap so I'm confident we have the pace.

“I was quickest in the damp conditions this morning before everyone put the slicks on and then I was fastest in the dry.”
by Haydn Cobb

Tagged as: Haslam

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