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Haslam disappointed to miss podium

Leon Haslam blamed chattering on his Stiggy Honda for being unable to fight for victory during the second race of the weekend at the Nurburgring.

Finishing sixth in the opening race after a poor start left him playing catch up, front row sitter Haslam got the start he needed on the next occasion and was up to a high of second position when he profited from Noriyuki Haga's fall on lap four.

Stalking eventual winner Jonathan Rea for several laps, Haslam eventually found himself in the clutches of a charging Ben Spies, who duly planted a move on the Briton at the Esses on lap 13.

With the pass forcing Haslam onto the gravel, losing him third position to Carlos Checa, Haslam says he suffered from increased chatter from there on in, prompting him to drop to fifth behind Max Biaggi too.

As such, despite the solid points haul, Haslam was disappointed at not being able to complete what he had started.

“I am a bit disappointed with the result of my second race. I got the start I wanted for the race, and I had a good battle with Johnny. I felt comfortable riding behind him but Johnny kept pulling a bit on the straights and I thought I could keep it up.

“I suffered a bit of front end chatter but when Spies passed me and put me onto the gravel the chattering seemed to have gotten worse. I made a few mistakes when I went back on to the track and dropped back a second from the pace I set before. I feel it could have been a win and easily a second place, but that is racing."


Tagged as: Honda , Nürburgring , Haslam , Stiggy

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RaceFan - Unregistered

September 07, 2009 1:05 PM

If what Burnicle and Whitam said is true, I can't believe Haslam hasn't yet secured a good bike for 2010. The Ten Kate are all but works machinery and Haslam's team are in their first season with superbikes. His efforts have been miraculous and he deserves works machinery. End of. And, @ max It's easy to knock people when they can't respond. As whitam slapped Burnicle down when he criticised Crutchlow's wheelie arcoss the line yesterday... "I like to see you do that... and on the same bike, son!" Well Max, could you? Nah? Didn't think so.

philipp - Unregistered

September 08, 2009 3:15 PM

Leon deserve an official factory ride...he is in great shape and giving all at each race. Incredible races with his non official honda bike ! Let's go and keeping shearing for him. Tom : disapointing season oin the best bike out there ! Rea : stay where he is and he deserves it. Crutchlow : good start for entering WSBK in DUCATI ... :D



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