Haslam 'happy' despite tough weekend

Following his struggles in qualifying, Leon Haslam put in a strong race performance at Monza to finish seventh and record the fourth fastest lap.

The British rider was facing an uphill battle after missing the Q1 cut during Superpole, leaving him 17th on the grid, but was heading for a top ten finish in the opening race before being forced to retire with a mechanical problem just two laps from home.

His first DNF of the season, Haslam reverted to his second bike for the next outing, using settings from Assen, where he would proceed to set the fourth quickest lap of the race and climb his way up to seventh.

Slipping just a single place in the standings, Haslam was happy with the outcome at the end of a difficult weekend.

"I went out on my second bike today, which I hadn't been riding all weekend, and took a bit of a gamble with it. We had some issues with the suspension, but we decided to stay with the set up we used in Assen. It took me a few laps to get into it, but I was able to run a good pace.

“The pace in the end of the race was definitely good enough for a place on the rostrum. It was a tough weekend, with bad qualifying results and a disappointing first race. To finish the second race in seventh race place is a good enough result, I am pretty happy.”

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Ian S - Unregistered

May 11, 2009 4:24 PM

Every racer has a weekend to forget and this was probably Leon's. Still, to take 7th from 17th on a spare bike with settings for a different track was a pretty darned good performance. Hopefully normal service will be resumed at the next race and we'll see Leon up front again.

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