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HM Plant to remain in BSB next season.

Former champions HM Plant Honda have ended speculation of a switch to World Superbikes next season after confirming they will remain in the British Championship for 2009.

The Louth-based team have been central to many rumours regarding next season's World Superbike grid, but speculation that they might run a team in 2009 has been ended with news that they will stay where they are.

This comes despite the team's impressive display at world level this weekend, one that saw them challenging the frontrunners throughout practice and qualifying ahead of Cal Crutchlow claiming a podium finish in the second race.

However, according to the official British Superbike website, neither Crutchlow nor Leon Haslam, who currently lie fourth and third respectively in the BSB standings, have been confirmed at this current time.

Meanwhile, both Haslam and Crutchlow will get a second chance to shine on the world stage as they will travel to the final World Superbike round of the season at Portimao, Portugal for their second wild-card event.

An official announcement is due tomorrow


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91. Leon Haslam HM Plant Honda, Honda CBR1000RR Fireblade
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Leon Haslam, JG Speedfit Kawasaki, BSB [Credit: ianhopgoodphotography.net]
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Jason O`Halloran, Honda Racing [Credit: ianhopgoodphotography.net]
Leon Haslam, JG Speedfit Kawasaki, BSB [Credit: ianhopgoodphotography.net]
Luke Mossey, Quattro Plant Kawasaki [Credit: ianhopgoodphotography.net]
Leon Haslam, JG Speedfit Kawasaki, BSB [Credit: ianhopgoodphotography.net]
Leon Haslam, JG Speedfit Kawasaki, BSB [Credit: ianhopgoodphotography.net]
Leon Haslam, JG Speedfit Kawasaki, BSB [Credit: ianhopgoodphotography.net]
Leon Haslam, JG Speedfit Kawasaki, BSB [Credit: ianhopgoodphotography.net]
Leon Haslam, JG Speedfit Kawasaki, BSB [Credit: ianhopgoodphotography.net]
Leon Haslam, JG Speedfit Kawasaki, BSB [Credit: ianhopgoodphotography.net]
Jason O`Halloran, Honda Racing [Credit: ianhopgoodphotography.net]
Jason O`Halloran, Honda Racing [Credit: ianhopgoodphotography.net]

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SmutMonkey - Unregistered

September 10, 2008 1:03 PM

Anyone else think that Haslam just isn't "all that". He's a 'good' rider but not a 'great' one and he's never gonna win a Championship of note. If it wasn't for his old fella his results simply wouldn't have warranted such top-level rides. He's been outperformed by his team-mate wherever he's been. Plus he's a Man U fan, which in itself is bad enough to warrant a demotion :-o.........Crutchlow, on the other hand, does seem to have what it takes......all power to him.

Sick Cylinder - Unregistered

September 11, 2008 11:24 PM

No one has talked about the quality of the team management. Until Kiyo got his two titles I don't think Honda had won British Superbikes for about 20 years - and this is despite sometimes having a bigger budget than the rest of the grid added together. They had the biggest budget, the best tyres and the engineers/technicians from the old WSB winning Edwards squad, but seriously underachieved - that can't all be down to the riders - it takes a team to win a championship. At the moment it looks like Suzuki are getting much better value out of the Valentine / Sykes team than team BSB Honda. The official Honda team might be the kiss of death to Ellison - put him on Sykes Suzuki!



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