Haslam: Rolfo was being a bit ambitious.

Leon Haslam was in a philosophical mood despite seeing his hopes of a podium finish at World Superbike level dashed when he was caught up in a collision with Roberto Rolfo.

One of the few riders not to struggle with the conditions in the first race, Haslam was up to a relitively comfortable third place on aggregate when the red flag was first brandished.

However, when he became embroiled in a fight on the road with Tom Sykes and Rolfo, Haslam had nowhere to go as the Honda Althea rider surged down the inside of Sykes at the chicane and ran wide.

When Rolfo eventually low-sided off the circuit, an almost stationary Haslam barelled into Rolfo and came off his HM Plant Honda. Signalling his frustration to Rolfo as he picked himself up, Haslam got going again and went on his way to finish eighth.

Still, while he could not hide his disappointment at the outcome, he accepted that Rolfo was being merely over-ambitous.

“To say I was a little upset is an understatement, but it is one of those things,” he told Radio. “We got back on to finish eighth; it is just a shame because we could have definitely finished third.

“He hasn't come to apologise yet. It was certainly an ambitious move but when you are on he receiving end, you are never too happy about it. I'm sure he had it all planned out in his mind up until the final bit… You get sucked into stuff like that though and it happens, but it sucks when we should have been on the podium.”

Indeed, while Rolfo has apologised to the Honda Althea team after crashing out of what would have been a very valuable fourth place finish, he made no mention of Haslam in his press statement.

”I am really disappointed with today's results of course. It was an incredible race. Starting from the last rows always makes life difficult, but after the first few opening laps the bike felt great and I was able to make some fast laps quite quickly and in few laps I reached the fifth place.

“During the tenth lap the race was red flagged. In the second leg of the race, after an excellent second start, I had a bit of a battle with Haslam and Sykes. In Fogarty Curve I tried to overtaking them but I crashed and I was not able to restart.

"I'm sorry for the team and I want to thank them for setting things up so well on the machine.”

Haslam went on to crash out of the second race whilst running fourth after struggling for grip in the latter stages of the race.

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GoSlow - Unregistered

September 09, 2008 2:42 PM

I can't believe what i'm reading! Haslam rode well all weekend and was unfortunate not to get better results. In this article he says that he understands people get over ambitious whilst racing and doesn't dig his heels in over the rolfo incident even though he's had no apology. He apologised to Sykes at oulton for his own "over ambitious" move, and i'm certain Tom holds no contempt over it....So why do you lot? As for his riding style (flapping his legs) upsetting some "fans"... well so what? You think you can ride faster with your style? Racing is very confidence dependent, if you're not confident, you don't go quick. So talking a good race before the event can only help on the day.

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