WSBK » PICS: Leon Haslam makes first Honda appearance


After three seasons spent with Suzuki and BMW, Leon Haslam gets reacquainted with Honda machinery during a private test at Assen.

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gridgirlstipster - Unregistered

October 11, 2012 6:38 AM

even before reading of his grin..., i was imagining him smiling under the helmet

it really must be a relief for him to get away from his bmw downward spiral and from melandri's shadow...

good luck Leon

dane - Unregistered

October 11, 2012 6:51 AM

cant wait for next year!!! two great mates (j rea and l haslam) in the same team :) Plus they will finally have HRC assistance next year so hopefully JR will truly be a title contender, hoping for a few top five finishes from Leon too!!

PatrickD

October 11, 2012 7:49 AM

I know he's not allowed to comment on the test, but given the speed of the Honda, he probably thought he was on the 609 and enjoyed how comfortable it all was. It's been moving steadily down the pack every year, and it's likely to remain a slow bike next year.

Sick Cylinder - Unregistered

October 11, 2012 8:06 AM

I agree @Dank - it does look great! I also like the headlamp stickers (which Kawasaki used this year).

Leon is a good development and race rider so I am sure his arrival will be good for the team and also for Rea who has needed a strong team mate to help take the bike forward.

Not good enough - Unregistered

October 11, 2012 8:27 AM

Being Reas team mate at Honda is the kiss of death for Haslam

Average rider on a poor bike trying to emulate a team mate whos ability places the bike higher than it ever should be

I cant see this ending well

Mart247 - Unregistered

October 11, 2012 10:02 AM

Haha, out of the shadow of Melandri ..... Isn't that because Melandri is a world class rider & Leon, good as he is, isn't ? Last chance saloon for Leon I'd say as he'll go ok but fall off, Rea also. Neither are good or consistent enough at this level on machines no better than anyone else's. Hope they do well but statistics & logic says top 6, not top 3. Bet they both hope Max retires !

conrod - Unregistered

October 11, 2012 11:37 AM

SO IT IS TO BE THE HASLAM AND REA HONDA SHOW FOR 2013.
tHE CHAMPIONSHIP WILL NOT BE WON BY HONDA AS THESE GUYS WILL THROW THE BLADES UP THE ROAD A FEW TIMES .WAS IMPRESSED BY TOM SYKES IN 2012 AND HE COULD WIN THE CHAMPIONSHIP IN 2013, BUT, EVERYONE NEEDS LUCK ON THEIR SIDE.

kwackybacci - Unregistered

October 11, 2012 12:03 PM

Hey fart 247 think you are making silly talk,Melandri i would say has had his chance, next year he will only make up the grid.Leon and Jonathan plus the Honda will be strong most are putting the blade down but its working in BSB and WSB.

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