WSBK » Haslam’s title dreams go up in smoke

The Suzuki Alstare rider suffers only his second retirement of the season at a crucial moment as he drops out of the title race.

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ToselandFan - Unregistered

September 26, 2010 7:49 PM

Haslam was fast and wild in both races. Running off track and nearly crashing during a pass is dangerous to himself and his competitors. Haslam, Rea, and Crutchlow are all fast, but are crashers. Give Toseland one of their rides and see what he can do. Oh wait, he does have one of their rides.

biaggifan - Unregistered

September 27, 2010 12:50 AM

I'm a big biaggi fan have been since I was a kid, but I think haslam is a good lad too! I even found myself shouting Nooooo at the tv when his engine blew! it was a real shame to see leons championship end like that, would have been nice if it wasnt down to engine failure.
Im sure leon will be champ one day!!

but well done to Max this year :)


September 27, 2010 1:29 AM
Last Edited 1842 days ago

Leon Haslam performed as well as he could this weekend.

Nice one Leon... nice try, some of us were behind you all the way! Can't even imagine how frustrated you must be with Suzuki, because a lot of us were today! They fail at MotoGP level, and they have a chance with WSB but obviously fail their riders there too! Wow, Suzuki must be living on the breadline! Can't support any of the major racing series anymore!

Good job though Max, was happy to see your celebtartions as you and Aprilia (sort of) deserved it!

Go to BMW Leon and screw Suzuki. Do they not realise sucess in racing equals sales? If it is very publicly obvious they cannot support WSB as well as MotoGP teams, what message does that give to sports bike riders? A bit worrying really. Good luck for 2011.

Hotastotus - Unregistered

September 27, 2010 1:39 AM

@ 1050

Suzuki are a relatively small motorcycle manufacturer and try to maintain a presence in all the major classes of racing (unlike some) and in many countries.

It is ridiculous to pretend that Suzuki's are generally unreliable or prone to going bang.
They absolutely are not.

It is also laughable these days to make too much of the racing = sales argument.
Racing bikes, even superbikes, have only a minor residual relevance to the niche market that is the sports bike - and the Gsxr has as mighty a (thoroughly deserved) reputation in that niche.

Bad luck Leon & Suzuki, better luck next year.


September 27, 2010 1:52 AM

Hotastotus, this may be true, but Suzuki's failing in (particularly) MotoGP, Leon's very public "cry for help" these last few months and Suzuki's often last-place finish in group tests of 1000cc machine tests (CBR100RR vs R1 vs ZX10R and GSXR1000) must amount to something? I gues we will see...

The fact that Haslam was keen to stay with Suzuki if they would assure him of factory support in 2011, only to hear absolutely nothing from them (thus the BMW move) doesn't do a lot for their public image does it?

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