EXCLUSIVE: Haslam: Light at the end of the tunnel

We had the exact same problems [with electronics] when I went to BMW. Honestly the BMW only got sorted when the Yamaha guys came over with Marco. They brought their information from Yamaha and we made big steps straight away. Everything was happening way too slowly in our first year. The bike and handling and engine characteristics were still super sensitive but when you did get it working it was a winning motorbike.
Despite the tough day today, you're still smiling and seem positive.

Leon Haslam:
The team keep saying how patient I am and how well I keep dealing with these issues. I've been there and experienced these problems before. Even though it's not ideal for winning races the boys are working 24 hours a day on it. We have people working at Cosworth and HRC and we can't do any more than we're doing.
You must be relishing getting to Assen. You did ok when you last rode a Honda there?

Leon Haslam:
Over the years Ten Kate have done so many days of testing there. Jonathan always seems to pull it out of the bag at Assen. When I rode the Honda with Spies and Haga in 2009 I had a second and a third. I haven't done any tests there with the team but I'm fairly confident it will work well there.
How have you settled in to the Ten Kate team?

Leon Haslam:
It has more of a racing background and it was a decision that I made to get back to normality and enjoy my racing. That's one thing Ten Kate can do. They pull together. When I crashed this morning there were 9 guys working together rebuilding my bike. They want to win as much as anyone but I feel a lot more at home here.
Does it put added pressure on yourself when you act up as test rider as well?

Leon Haslam:
The BMW had test riders and test teams and that wasn't that good. You doing it yourself give you that progression to go faster and we had 6 days of testing in 8 days, the week of the race, but it was needed. It was unfortunate with the problem, but there's definitely light at the end of the tunnel.

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rab 27 - Unregistered

April 14, 2013 11:45 PM

the light at the end of the tunnel is liable to be v4 shaped next season. leon has a great attitude,he has been there and done it everywhere,when he does get a decent bike under him he will be back to winning ways.

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