Brands Hatch Grand Prix: Haslam held up by ongoing engine frustrations

Leon Haslam says the JG Speedfit Kawasaki is still being plagued by engine issues while he also suffered power outs during the opening laps of race two.
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Leon Haslam says the JG Speedfit Kawasaki is still being plagued by engine setting issues while he also suffered power cut outs during the opening laps of race two at Brands Hatch which hampered his charge for victories.

The former World Superbike star was forced to settle for two runner-up spots behind MCE British Superbike championship leader Shane Byrne at the Kent circuit but was content with the results after his continued problems with the new ZX-10R.

Both Haslam and his team-mates James Ellison and Peter Hickman have been battling against engine problems and his double rostrum result marked the GBmoto Racing-run squad's first return to the podium since Ellison's second place in race two at Knockhill.

“I didn't even expect to be in finishing in the same ten seconds as Shakey from Saturday afternoon so to be battling with him on the last lap in both races is proof we've made some good steps from the issues we've had,” Haslam said.

“Obviously I'm frustrated that we had some issues and didn't get to fight fully but we took some giant strides from Saturday to race day so I am really happy.”

Haslam says a new engine issue reared up this weekend on both Saturday and during Sunday's race two when he suffered a cut of power which confusingly cured itself after the first half of the race.

The Derbyshire rider is keen for the team to identify the problem and find a solution at a mid-season test while is also relishing the chance to trial new engine components ahead of round eight at Cadwell Park in late August.

“The problem in race two wasn't to do with set-up it was something which broke on the bike which made it cut out,” he said. “It wasn't a set-up or mapping thing we were struggling with. We need to assess that as we had a similar sort of feeling on Saturday so maybe it is the same part.

“We need to make a lot more progress with the bike as we've not found that base set-up with the engine which makes it difficult to ride. As we've proven we can scrap for wins but since Shakey has had the new upgrades since Snetterton he has made a big step ahead of everybody else.

“Even in race two he showed he was only just winning but I think he has quite a lot in hand so we need to make those steps. I know the bike is capable and we haven't got anywhere near the full potential out of it yet.”
by Haydn Cobb

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Leon Haslam, JG Speedfit Kawasaki, [Credit:]
Jake Dixon, RAF Reserves Kawasaki [Credit: MSV BSB Media]
Jason O`Halloran, Honda Racing [Credit: Ian Hopgood]
Josh Brookes, Anvil Hire Yamaha, [Credit: Ian Hopgood]
Shane Byrne, Be Wiser Ducati, [Credit: Ian Hopgood]
Luke Mossey, JG Speedfit Kawasaki, [Credit: Ian Hopgood]
Peter Hickman, Smiths BMW [Credit: Ian Hopgood]
Tommy Bridewell, Team WD-40 Kawasaki [Credit: Ian Hopgood]
Bradley Ray, Buildbase Suzuki [Credit: Ian Hopgood]
Sylvain Guintoli, Bennetts Suzuki [Credit: Ian Hopgood]
James Ellison, McAMS Yamaha [Credit: Ian Hopgood]
Dan Linfoot, Honda Racing [Credit: Ian Hopgood]
Alastair Seeley, Tyco BMW [Credit: Ian Hopgood]
Lee Jackson, Smiths Racing BMW [Credit: Ian Hopgood]
Haslam, Byrne, Mossey, [Credit: Ian Hopgood]
Shane Byrne, Be Wiser Ducati, [Credit: Ian Hopgood]
Leon Haslam, JG Speedfit Kawasaki [Credit: Ian Hopgood]
Leon Haslam, JG Speedfit Kawasaki [Credit: Ian Hopgood]

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