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Catalogue of issues leaves Haslam point-less
25 September 2012
Leon Haslam comes away from the Portimao round of the World Superbike Championship with nothing to show for after a series of issues left him playing catch up in both races.
The BMW rider had qualified on the second row, but an erroneous decision to fit an intermediate rear tyre on a drying, but still predominantly wet, surface saw him slip to the back of the field in race one.
Though he received a break when the race was stopped and restarted, allowing him to change tyres, a jump-start, followed by a technical gremlin, would leave him more than a lap down at the chequered flag.
Hoping for better in race two, Haslam lasted just two laps before pulling into the pit lane to retire with more mechanical problems, much to his evident frustration.
“All weekend we felt so confident with the slick tyre and the race set-up and today it rained,” he said. Normally I like the rain, but today it was difficult. For race one I thought that it would dry up and we chose the intermediate rear tyre which was a bit of a gamble. But it did not dry up before the race was red flagged.
“As before the restart the track still had not dried much so we decided to go with the same as all the other guys, but I made a jump start.
“Even before I had the ride through I had an issue with the bike in the wet so after I entered the pit lane twice the race was done for me. In race two we didn't get the best start but the race pace was not so fast.
“It was more than two seconds slower than what I did yesterday on the same tyres. In addition we had a technical issue; it was nobody's fault, but it was me again who had the bad luck. This is very frustrating.”
Haslam is currently seventh in the WSBK standings, 16.5 points ahead of PATA Ducati's Sylvain Guintoli.
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