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Haslam misses out in final lap fall

Leon Haslam was left to rue a missed opportunity to snatch a third podium finish of the season at Miller Motorsports Park after crashing out of fourth position on the final lap of the second race.

Haslam, who was classified tenth in an opening race decided by aggregate times, made much better progress in race two, capitalising on Jonathan Rea's handling problems to gradually pick off those that were queued up behind him.

Working his way up to fourth position, from 12th on the grid, Haslam momentarily held third when he overtook Rea, but would find himself pushed back to fourth with two laps remaining after being out-dragged by his Honda counterpart down the lengthy home straight.

Lining up for the second go on the final lap, Haslam instead clipped a kerb at the Attitude esses, sending him crashing down just a few bends from the finish line.

A devastating end to the weekend for Haslam, the Briton was understandably disappointed with the outcome, but remained positive about the continued good pace of his customer Stiggy Honda.

"It has obviously been a bit of a disappointing day for us, finishing the first race in tenth position and then a DNF in the second one. I rode really well in the second race, and I should have been in third place here.

“As I tried to make a pass on Jonathan, I hit the kerb and ended up on the gravel. I am disappointed with my results, but then again, the pace I have been running and everything else is working just fine.

“We have a few more issues that we will have to work on for the next round, but fingers crossed we should be at the rostrum every weekend from now on. I am feeling very well on the bike and what it can do, so bring on Misano. "

Haslam drops to sixth in the standings behind Rea and Max Biaggi as a result of his failure to score in race two.


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fanofthesport

June 01, 2009 10:09 PM

Those Stiggy bikes are not at all slow. Remember, Miller is a mile above sea level. They just got the electronics a bit wrong this time. Leon rode the hell out of that honda, but was unlucky in the end. He has shown himself to be everything a team could want in a rider this season and will be a monster in 2010. I will continue to cheer him on. he's a class act and will be stronger next time out



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