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Haslam thrilled with Suzuki debut

Leon Haslam marked his arrival at Suzuki Alstare by getting below 1min 42secs during testing at Portimao
Leon Haslam shrugged off his elbow injury to make an impressive first impression on the Suzuki Alstare during World Superbike post-season testing in Portugal.

Haslam, who finished sixth in the 2009 overall standings with the privateer Stiggy Honda team, made his long-awaited debut for the factory Suzuki outfit around the Portuguese circuit, alongside new team-mate Sylvain Guintoli.

Despite riding with stitches on his elbow, the legacy of an accident during the Portimao race weekend, Haslam was immediately on the pace aboard the GSX-R1000 K9, lapping faster than he did just three days ago.

Furthermore, although unofficial results had Haslam down as having set a best time of 1min 42.451secs, Suzuki quote that he actually lapped at 1min 41.980secs – just a tenth slower than pace setter Jonathan Rea.

“I am over the moon in every way and really excited about the future,” said Haslam. “We went through more than I expected and found many good ideas to work with.

“It was a shame that I injured myself last Sunday in the morning warm-up on race day, because it meant that I wasn't 100 per cent here at these tests. I have had internal and external stitches in my left elbow and also damaged some ankle ligaments, but I don't really notice any pain when I am on the bike. At the end of the day, I feel a bit sore, but nothing too bad.

“I am impressed with the bike and the team and think we have established a good relationship very quickly. Everybody has helped me so much, right from day one. Although Sylvain and I have not had much time to discuss the bike together, I know that we both have said more or less the same things and I am sure that we'll work very well together.

“When I got on the bike for the first time, I didn't know exactly what to expect, but I was so happy after the first day because I lapped a second quicker than on raceday last weekend. Of course there is a lot more to learn and it is just a case of getting down to it, making improvements and keeping progressing.

“It's been really good to have his test, so soon after the season has finished, and get right into it straightaway and now I am already looking forward to the next tests.”




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Don-R - Unregistered

October 29, 2009 12:06 PM

Great stuff. Give the lad factory kit and he's immediately up at the sharp end. Batta must be flipping cartwheels (love to see that btw) that Leon has gelled with the bike so quickly.

FJR - Unregistered

October 30, 2009 11:06 AM

what a season we have to look forward too in 2010, with the teams the way they are there could be up to maybe 8 potential winners, with both dukes, both yams, both suzukis, and both hondas, being riden by riders good enough to win, its going to make motogp very boring, dare i say again.



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