Haslam frustrated with Q2 miss

A gamble on tyres backfired for Leon Haslam during qualifying for the fifth round of the World Superbike Championship at Monza, the British rider left down in 17th position on the grid.

The Assen podium winner had been confident of reaching the top ten having posted the eighth quickest provisional qualifying time, but a mistake on the soft race tyre meant he had no opportunity to make up for lost ground.

Also left without enough time to switch to the option tyre, a late effort from Broc Parkes would edge Haslam down to 17th position, a result he was understandably disappointed with.

“I am obviously disappointed,” he said. “I messed up on my first lap and then I didn't have time to come in for another tyre, and the tyre I was running on was finished. I was 0.6s quicker in the session before on an old race tyre, so I felt confident I could run a good lap again.

“I am really disappointed, but that's the way this new Superpole qualifying works. We'll have to make a good start in the race tomorrow and try to make up for the ground lost ".

A dismal day all round for the Stiggy Racing team, debutant Jake Zemke couldn't improve on his provisional lap time in Q2, leaving him down in 25th position.

“It was not the best day for us here. We were making improvements yesterday, but today we were not able to capitalise on those improvements. We tried to go on in the same direction we were headed yesterday, bit it seemed that it didn't help the bike get quicker around the track.
I will have to start over tomorrow morning and throw a new set of plans at the bike, and make it go around the corners a little better for me.

“I am really struggling getting the bike to go around the corner. It is definitely hurting us right now. I knew it would be difficult coming in here this weekend as we are in at the deep end, but at the same time we should definitely be a lot further up then we are now.”

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Dingo - Unregistered

May 10, 2009 2:05 AM

Unlucky Leon, you will always have to push harder and take more chances than the factoory guys to be in with a chance. Great Season so far and good luck for tomorrow...On the factory yam it would be a 3 way battle for the championship.. Didn't Spies say all the top guys in AMA would cruise in WSBK..err....Zemke was 3rd last year wasn't he??

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