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Haslam shrugs off bike problems for seventh

Haslam shrugs off problems with his Suzuki Alstare to make it onto the second row of the grid at Misano
Leon Haslam is confident he will be in podium contention come race day at Misano after having his qualifying progress hampered by electronics and clutch issues.

The Suzuki rider maintained his perfect record of reaching the shootout phase of Superpole around the Italian circuit, but only after a last ditch effort in SP2 squeezed him through.

Once into the shootout, Haslam could only manage seventh position – behind team-mate Sylvain Guintoli – after 'inconsistent' issues with the bike prevented him from getting a 'good rhythm'.

Placing him a row behind title rival Max Biaggi, Haslam believes he will be a more competitive proposition in the races once the problems on the GSX-R1000 have been solved.

“We had a few issues with electronics and the clutch and because the problems weren't consistent I was unable to get a really good rhythm going,” he said. “It's not a big deal, because the second row of the grid is OK here, but we'll have a look at all the data and see if we can fix the problem in the warm-up tomorrow morning.

“I really had to grit my teeth to get into Superpole 3 today, but I was determined not to have to start from the third row of the grid because that would've given me a lot of work to do in the opening laps and that's the kind of thing that wears the tyres out more quickly.

“The track has improved from yesterday and there is a bit more grip, but only if you stay on line. If you drift off line, you can still get into trouble easily. Second row of the grid may not seem good, but I'm confident that I can get on the podium tomorrow.”


Tagged as: Misano , Suzuki , Haslam , Alstare

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Phil - Unregistered

June 26, 2010 9:25 PM

Agreed, Suzuki should switch some of their resources from the pathetic Moto GP effort to WSB, where not only were they winning races, but were leading the c/ship.

binza - Unregistered

June 26, 2010 9:06 PM

I do hope this not the end of Haslam's title chances, he seems to have had a lot more issues during the last couple of rounds & he doesn't have the factory support that Biaggi has.



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