WSBK » Haslam to have surgery, race in doubt

Leon Haslam joins the list of walking wounded as a fracture to his tibia threatens to rule him out of the opening World Superbike round at Phillip Island.

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JimScott - Unregistered

February 20, 2012 12:54 PM

These riders seem to be pushing and pushing using all the electronics available to them creating a false feel of grip. They"re opening the throttle quicker and aggressive something you would never do without the fly bye wire system and they are getting caught out more and more almost as if surprised by being thrown off.

Old school 500s was if you turned the throttle that quick you would be prepared for the catapulting from your actions.

Pizdoff - Unregistered

February 20, 2012 1:42 PM

Yep. Its like you festoon the bike with electronics and the riders will still take it just as close to the edge.

Only now - with all the electronics - the edge when they finally step off it is higher than it was before.


February 20, 2012 5:14 PM
Last Edited 1533 days ago

If they don't take it to the edge then they're not racers and they'd be happy finishing second. Finding the last 10ths that make the difference means riding a very fine line. And with all the electronics if they don't open the throttle earlier and harder than the next guy, they'll be way down the field - they have to use whatever they have, electronics or otherwise, to the full. Crashes will always happen at this level, electronics or not, or it wouldn't be racing!

JimScott - Unregistered

February 20, 2012 6:37 PM

@you know best

In Leon's own words!

"Not a good day - big high-side at the last turn. Still in hospital waiting to see when they can operate. May need a screw in the tibia."

Jim who DOES know best :))

you know best - Unregistered

February 20, 2012 7:38 PM



the point of the post was it wasn't throttle fail that caused the highside, obviously he highsided it, but it wasn't as you said, you can't assume the crash was due to/in spite of something if you aren't over here and actually know what caused it.

some of us are here for the fortnight.

but thanks anyway

blah - Unregistered

February 20, 2012 8:27 PM

This run of injuries combined with Lorenzo's crash last year puts Phillip Islands future at risk, at least in my opinion. Wouldn't be suprised if they have to add a few tight corners to make the track a bit slower.

Wacko - Unregistered

February 20, 2012 8:30 PM

Not the way I wanted to see the WSBK season start. As someone else mentioned, Checa looks to have a few less contenders to his throne from the outset. PI seems to be showing no mercy to the WSBK guys or the MotoGP guys. Several peoples seasons ended here last year as I recall.

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