Frustrated Haslam bemoans new tyres

As the title begins to slip away, Haslam points out his only good result in the last four races were achieved on the older Pirelli tyres.
Leon Haslam says he will revert to his 'old tyres' for the next round of the World Superbike Championship at Silverstone after a potentially disastrous day for his title aspirations at Brno.

Haslam endured a troublesome weekend in the Czech Republic from the off as he battled with grip issues, problems that he wasn't able to solve for the races as he started from 14th on the grid.

Finishing eighth and tenth in the two races, Haslam has expressed his frustration at the results, placing the blame on the new tyres that he says simply don't work with the set-up on his Suzuki Alstare.

Pointing to similar issues experienced by Cal Crutchlow in the races, Haslam says he was lucky to stay on the bike during race two such was the extent of his struggles.

“It's hard to say how disappointed and frustrated I am today,” he said. “If I thought that the problems were my fault, I'd put my hand up straightaway. We first experienced grip problems with the new tyres in Misano. Whatever we tried just didn't seem to work. We used the new tyres in race one there and I had a poor result, so we changed to the older tyres for race two, went back to our base set-up and I finished second!

“We worked with the new tyres all weekend and we have struggled all weekend. We did manage to improve the bike a bit for today, but the engine is pushing in almost everywhere and the bike is not easy to ride. The new tyres have got more grip, but getting the bike to work with them is another thing. There are a few people who have got them to work, but the majority of us are struggling.

“The tyre in race two didn't work at all and I almost couldn't finish the race - it was that bad! I felt that I was going to be highsided all the time and I don't think I've been passed by that many people all year! Cal (Crutchlow) obviously had a similar tyre to mine and he felt it was bad enough to pit and change it for another one. Although his second tyre was the same, it behaved completely differently and he was able to lap over a second lap quicker straightaway!

Slipping 68 points adrift of Max Biaggi in the standings, Haslam says he will now revert back to the older rubber in an attempt to revive his title hopes.

“I'm trying to think what positives we can take from this weekend and my comment is... none. The only thing I do know is that we will not be using these new tyres again. We'll go back to the older tyres, a base set-up we know and I am convinced that I'll be able to lap a lot faster and be challenging for the podium again.”

Tagged as: Suzuki , Haslam , tyres

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July 11, 2010 7:39 PM

Frankly the real question is why Pirelli keep introducing new tyres in the first place, as a single tyre series I would hope they would supply a tyre for the year and stick with it, not keep throwing things in mid season. Bridgestone have apparently made only a couple of minor compound changes on two of the four MotoGP tyres otherwise the construction is unchanged from last year.

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