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Haslam top Honda despite Superpole ‘disaster’

23 February 2013

The first World Superbike Superpole of the session would turn out to be a trying one for the Pata Honda team as Leon Haslam found his day littered with issues, even if he would eventually secure a spot on the third row at Phillip Island

The Ten Kate-run Honda CBR1000RR has shown good form in the run up to Superpole, particularly in the hands of Haslam, but a 'strange' crash in FP2 would set the British rider back before misfire issues in Superpole prompted further pit lane dramas.

Despite this, Haslam would still squeeze into SP3 with his final flying lap, where he proceeded to out-qualify team-mate Rea for eighth on the grid.

“Superpole was a bit of a disaster, actually,” he said. “We had a few issues in Superpole 1 and didn't quite get it sorted. In Superpole 2 we had a misfire problem but managed to solve it and get out on a race tyre with about a minute to go, which just got me through.

“The qualifier just didn't work but we thought it might have been a bad one so went out for Superpole 3 on the second one, but it was exactly the same. I was slower on the Q but all I had left was an old race tyre and that's what I had to do the lap on. I was quite happy with that but disappointed with the other problems.

“We were trying something new with traction control in free practice and it kind of low-sided me off which was really strange. We lost most of that session so missed some track time when we wanted to try some things, but I'm not too worried. The feeling's good, we just haven't tested everything that we wanted.”


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