Stiggy pair target Brno podium

Leon Haslam has set his sights firmly on a podium at Brno after a successful test at both the Czech Republic circuit and at Imola in recent weeks.

Haslam travelled to Brno to continue development work on the Stiggy Honda following his second place finish on home soil at Donington Park, giving him confidence that he can hit the ground running when action gets underway at the same circuit this weekend.

Currently fifth in the standings, ten points behind Jonathan Rea, Haslam heads to Brno determined to build on his recent success.

“I am confidently looking forward to the next race at Brno. We have tested here a couple of weeks ago and made a lot of progress in the set-up of the bike. We have learnt a lot about the gearing and mapping of the bike and are aiming to put it into practice this weekend. I am eager to repeat my success at Donington Park and take another podium for the team at Brno."

John Hopkins, meanwhile, is looking to complete a World Superbike weekend having been forced to curtail his activities at Donington Park. Following a strong performance in testing at Imola, he too is eyeing a podium finish.

“I like riding the Brno track. It was my first European track after coming here in my first year of racing overseas in 2000. I have been able to set some decent results here, both in qualifying and racing. It's a nice and flowing circuit to ride.

“After our test last week I am feeling confident for the next race. I am working on getting a hundred percent fit again in the days leading up to the race. The bike feels great and I just want to bring it on the podium at Brno this weekend."

Tagged as: Honda , Brno , Haslam , Stiggy , Hopkins

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July 23, 2009 4:51 AM

Who gives a rat's @ss if he beats Haslam or if Haslam beats Hopkins. That's what bugs me about this site, not the actual site, but the likelihood that every article concludes with a bunch of mud slinging. Hopkins and Haslam are both class acts. I hope they both finish on the podium this weekend, right behind Spies. The good news is for the Stiggy team. They have two riders that are capable and mostly healthy. We still really don't know what Hopkins is capable of and that's pretty cool. He has been fast straight away and when able to finish, closer to the front each time. I would not be at all surprised to see him interfering with the top three this very weekend. Haslam too.

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