WSBK » Haslam paces first day in Valencia

Leon Haslam leads the way for the Suzuki Alstare team on the opening day of testing at Valencia

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Locks46&52 - Unregistered

December 11, 2009 4:05 PM

There seems to be some die hard Biaggi fans who refuse to accept that Biaggi is a selective performer.He developed and raced that bike all season yet look at what Simoncelli did to him and look at Camiers performance.For sure by mid season Mad Max will throw his dummy out the pram.One thing you can be sure of is that Haslam , Rea , Crutchlow Camier and possibly Byrne will all be putting it up him right from the start.I reckon Camier has got his measure already. Notice i havn,t mentioned Toseland even though i am a Toseland fan.Personally i do not think James can get the measure of the other Brits and he has to beat them before he beats anyone else.The man for me next year is Leon Haslem.

Sick Cylinder - Unregistered

December 11, 2009 6:43 PM

Locks - where is the evidence that Camier already has the measure of Biaggi? Camier is about one and a half seconds slower and has fallen off the bike a couple of times.

Re Simoncelli:
1. he is a bit special - as I think will be shown next year.
2. He had already had more than one test and several days on the machine.
3. His performance looked a bit desperate to me - a crash in race one and a do or die move in race two which took his team mate off track.

Re Byrne - sadly he has very little chance next year - he is on his two year old ex-BSB bike with an upgrade to fly by wire electronics. the best he can hope for is to consistently beat Carlos and pick up a better ride in 2011.

Sick Cylinder - Unregistered

December 11, 2009 7:04 PM

Locks - I would love to see Haslam do well, but it's a bit early for predictions has he done any race distances in testing yet? How does the Suzuki hold up for rear grip over a full distance?

Re Toseland - after riding a MotoGP bike with a stiff chassis on Bridgestones he will need a bit of time to get back to full speed on a relatively flexy superbike, but the guy knows how to put a season together so for me, at the moment, is the Brit most likely to. However, if I was a betting man I would go with Haga - he nearly did it and isn't up against Spies any more.

Final thought - good luck and happy holidays to all the riders!

King Kenny - Unregistered

December 11, 2009 8:23 PM

I have only this to say: One of the first comments here, being posted by "dinmore manor", which ought to be "no more manure" because who the hell do you think you are to say who is and isn't a REAL fan - like you, I'm sure. You need to lighten up and get laid pal, before it's too late. If you're that pi$$ed about the commentary here, you have other issues of a higher priority than who's saying what at crash.

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