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Top five double for Haslam in Spain

Leon Haslam continues to consolidate his status as Honda's leading representative in the overall World Superbike Championship standings after a battling run to two fifth places at Valencia.

Haslam qualified tenth on the grid for both races, but just as he did in Australia and Qatar, it was his consistent race pace that allowed him to work his way back into contention and pick off those that were struggling with tyre wear in the latter stages.

Most notably, Haslam further emphasised his role as Honda's top rider at this stage after overtaking and pulling away from new Stiggy Honda team-mate John Hopkins, as well as Ten Kate trio Jonathan Rea, Ryuichi Kiyonari and Carlos Checa, in the second race of the day.

Also helping him maintain fifth position in the overall standings, Haslam was pleased with his strong race pace, even if he would have liked to have been closer to the front from the beginning.

"I am happy with my top five results today,” he said. “I didn't really have the best of starts in the second race and had to pass all the other Hondas and by the time I caught Neukirchner and passed him for fifth the leading group was already gone. Once again my pace was quick enough to run with the front group if I had the start that I wanted.”

Nonetheless, Haslam is happy with the progress being made at Stiggy Racing, not least because the Superbike team remains very much in its infancy

“We made some good progress and got the most out of what we had for this weekend. We'll concentrate on doing some more development on the bike for the next race. We have to solve the chatter issues and a few other little things, but each time out the bike is getting stronger and I am really looking forward to riding the next race in Assen."

Tenth place Jonathan Rea is Honda's next representative in the overall standings, 25 points behind Haslam.


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RaceFan - Unregistered

April 06, 2009 10:20 PM

The blog pages of this site are becoming full of jingoistic and un-needed conjecture. The riders themselves might not all be drinking buddies but I'd expect most respect each other. They damn well need to. All this nonsense about Brits, Yanks and Ozzies etc. is more what I would expect to see on a damned soccer web site! Get over it! Why not just appreciate the riders' skill and the awesome spectacle they provide? Why does it matter if some of us hope to see Leon H have a great season? Does it matter that Ben is an American and Nori a Japanese? Er, nope. You know they are worth their weight', so get over their racial origins and your own petty prejudices. Knocking is banal and childish.

flyingvee - Unregistered

April 06, 2009 12:32 PM

I don't think he'd be leading comfortably on a factory Ducati but he definately looks like he deserves a factory ride. I've always rated Leon and thought he'd be the 'top Brit'. His attitude seems better this year, his riding looks more composed and he's not coming out with the tripe JT does :) I hope his performances continue and hopefully get us a win at some point.



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