Haslam blames himself for error

Leon Haslam took the blame for the decision to stay out on track longer than he should have done during the wet-to-dry first race at Misano, the Stiggy Honda rider missing out on a top five finish.

Having qualified in tenth position, Haslam ran just outside the top ten in the early stages but would gradually work his way back into contention as the circuit began to dry and rivals came in to change their bikes.

Rising as high as fourth at one stage, the rapid change of conditions would ultimately catch him out and force him to pit four laps from the chequered flag. Blaming himself for the decision, he would eventually cross the line in 12th place.

"I had an issue with the front end of my machine in the first race. I stayed out long on the wet tyres, got into fourth position, and then obviously stayed out for too long. When I went into the pit I only had four laps remaining, so I should have returned to pit four or five laps earlier. That was my own mistake.

Haslam's progress in the second race would go on to be hampered by engine problems, leaving him down in eighth place.

“In the second race there was something wrong when the engine kept pushing me in and I kept losing the front. When the engine was good and the electronics were good, the lap times were as quick as anyone, but for seventy percent of the race the engine was just pushing me in so I really struggled."

With Haslam's injured team-mate John Hopkins choosing to sit out the races following a difficult time during qualifying, team manager Johan Stigefelt was disappointed with the outcome of the weekend.

"The first race was difficult for everyone to know what was going on with the new flag-to-flag rule. It didn't really work out, the track dried quicker than we thought it had and Leon returned to the pit too late and failed to hold on to his fourth place. That was a real pity.

“In the second race, his start was pretty fine, as were his lap times. But he struggled with the electronics of his machine which made it hard to push any further. We have to work on this for the next race in Donington."

Tagged as: Honda , Misano , Haslam , Stiggy , Stigefelt , Hopkins

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No67 is Nitro Nori - Unregistered

June 23, 2009 2:59 PM

Now Now Nitro, no need to get all abusive. Hero, heroic is someone risking their life to save someone elses, so I don't think anyone can be called a hero for doing what they were hired, and paid, to do. Which ever way you look at it, Shane has not performed as well as some people would have liked this year, be it down to the team or the machine, just as Leon had a duff round this time because of a combination of factors, some his own making (which he freely admits to) and some because of mechanical issues.


June 23, 2009 9:41 AM

No-one is perefect. Leon is having a great season on the whole. I hope his bike is sorted for Donington. He has a good chance of winning if the bike runs smoothly. Brits 1,2 & 3 on the podium on Sunday? Fingers crossed.

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