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Haslam 'happy' with front row effort

Leon Haslam says he is happy to qualify on the front row in Valencia, but admits work needs to be done to get the best out of the Suzuki
Leon Haslam believes his Suzuki Alstare can be a match for the twin-cylinder machines on race day, but only if the Valencia circuit continues to give up good grip.

The World Superbike Championship leader will start fourth on the grid in Spain as he looks to increase his advantage in the standings over his rivals, including closest rival Max Biaggi who starts just alongside in third.

However, Haslam says work still needs to be done before the races before he is fully satisfied with his machine, adding that the set-up is sensitive to temperature changes.

“I'm pretty happy how today went, though there's still work to do,” he said. “The biggest problem for us at the moment is the temperature, because that is affecting how the bike works. Generally, I'm happy with the bike on race rubber and I'm also happy with the balance and set-up of the bike.

“Normally twins go well here, but when the four cylinder bikes have good grip, then they are a match for the twins and that's what we've seen today. We'll make a few minor tweaks to the bike in the warm-up tomorrow morning and see if we can improve the bike further.

“I'm feeling pretty confident that we're going to get some good results tomorrow and hopefully leave here still leading the championship.”


Tagged as: Suzuki , superbikes , Haslam , Valencia

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captain k - Unregistered

April 10, 2010 7:48 PM

Whatever tomorrow bring's we all know that Leon will give his usual 110% effort out on track, and in so doing i believe he will bring home a couple of podium,s. Thus maintaining his championship lead!! Go get em Leon!!

Stephen Barron - Unregistered

April 10, 2010 10:30 PM

If Leon is to win this championship, then on Sunday he needs to get the best points he possibly can without getting carved up or crashing. If he can win, fine. If he cannot, then get the points. It is just so great to see Suzuki leading the championship. Been a long time.



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