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Haslam: Hopefully I can hold Checa up…

25 August 2012

Leon Haslam has set out a plan to beat pre-race favourite Carlos Checa at the Moscow Raceway after qualifying alongside him on the front row of the grid in Superpole.

The BMW rider has barely strayed outside the top ten since action got underway in Russia for the first time earlier this week, but saved his best for Superpole as he edged out his rivals to qualify on the outside of the front row in fourth.

Setting his sights firmly on beating Checa, Haslam is hoping he can get ahead of the Ducati rider in the opening turns and keep him at bay in the slower sections of the circuit – where the 1098R has been strongest so far -, before using his speed advantage down the straights to edge away.

“I am really pleased. It is always nice to be on the front row of the grid, and especially at Moscow where the first part of the track is quite twisty. Thanks to the boys who did a great job. It was hard work with the soft tyre. We did similar lap times on the soft tyre as with the race tyre, which is good for tomorrow.

“We made some good progress over the weekend and for me, we just need to do some fine tuning for the race and we can be strong. It will be difficult to overtake, but there is no one in front of me I don't think I can't beat.

“Carlos has a fast pace but he has one of the slowest bikes on the straight. Hopefully if I can get in front of him and hold him up in the bits where he is strong and then pull away in the sections where I am fast.”


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