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Haslam focused on race weekend

Leon Haslam comes away from the final World Superbike pre-season test at Phillip Island with the seventh fastest time
Leon Haslam says he is not worried about Ducati's impressive form during the final World Superbike pre-season test, the Suzuki rider maintaining that things will be very different when racing gets underway later this week.

Haslam was quickest after the first of four sessions around Phillip Island, but was edged out by a number of Ducatis over the remainder of the test, leaving him an eventual seventh on aggregate.

Nonetheless, while Haslam admits he wasn't so pleased with his finishing position, he maintains that he spent much of the test focusing on set-up rather than lap times.

As such, he remains unfazed about Ducati's strong showing, Haslam believing there is still much more to come from himself and the bike.

“I am not so happy with the final result, regarding lap times, but overall I am happy with all the work we've done and the things we found out and this will help us go in the right direction.

“Today we started with the two bikes set up differently and I preferred some things on one bike and some things on the other bike, so the mechanics will now try and put the best bits of both on one bike and that's what I will start with during first practice next Friday. We spent quite a lot of time today trying out race tyres, so that we will be in a good position next week, but that meant that we didn't really go for a very quick lap time.

“I am not worried about the guys ahead of me today, because I know that things will be very different come the race next weekend. That's more important than lap times today. I feel good about our prospects - and that's the main thing.”


Tagged as: Ducati , Suzuki , Haslam

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pp916 - Unregistered

February 22, 2010 4:39 PM

He needs to seriously improve his qualifying performance to get a good grid position...he handicapped himself a fair few times last year by being too far down the grid and having to fight thro' from way back....if he's away with the front group there's every chance he will be on for wins I reckon....nobody races harder than Leon!

farmer giles

February 22, 2010 9:07 PM

lol@ Delilah I think maybe the Stiggy was a bit down on power compared to the quickest bikes last year and this hampered Haslam in qualifying more than the races. Haslam can put down a quick lap if he has the bike to do it I'm sure.



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