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Stigefelt: '09 proving better than I thought

Johan Stigefelt admits he is surprised his Stiggy Honda team has already won four podiums in its maiden season of World Superbike Championship racing.

The former rider-turned-manager had previously plied his trade in the World Supersport Championship before graduating to Superbikes, but while rider changes and injury problems have plagued their rookie season, lead rider Leon Haslam has quickly established Stiggy as regular front runners.

Scoring a podium in their first weekend at Phillip Island, two further rostrum finishes followed at Assen before Haslam recorded arguably the best result of his career at with a second place on home soil at Donington Park.

With the Swedish Stiggy team having no equivalent home round for themselves, Haslam's performance was met with delight from Stigefelt.

“I am very, very happy, especially for Leon,” he told Crash.net Radio. “The team has done a great job and we've worked hard, so to get a podium here is a dream for Leon and the team. We are new and we are learning all the time.”

Touching upon the season so far, Stigefelt reveals his initial plans were to finish on the podium at least once in 2009, so to get four in just nine rounds has exceeded his expectations.

“The aim for this year was to get a podium and be inside the top ten regularly, so to have four podiums already is great. I really didn't expect it. I knew the potential of Leon and the guys in the team, but it is proving to be even better than I thought.”



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Bliz - Unregistered

July 01, 2009 11:29 PM

The bike is definitely down on power--clearly seen on the front straight at Miller. It looks really stable through the corners, though, so if Stiggy can give Haslam and Hopkins a few more horses they could be challenging for podiums every race. Very impressive for a "rookie" team campaign--no doubt.

boots boots

July 01, 2009 3:27 PM

I am quite happy to see another outfit, especially a new one like Stiggy, come into WSBK and do well. Good on Leon, he has been doing superb this year. Hopkins needs to visit some Tibetan monk or something and get his mojo back, the guy just has bad luck. Their rider in supersport, West, not sure what's up with him, he started out fast and promising this year and has fell off the pace. But then again, everyone has fell off the pace that Laverty and Crutchlow put in, their in a world of their own in that class.



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