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No celebrations Haslam hits 100 at Aragon

Leon Haslam reaches 100 World Superbike Championship race starts in Spain, though he could only mark it with a pair of ninth place finishes.
On the weekend he made his 100th World Superbike Championship start, Leon Haslam had little else to celebrate at Motorland Aragon as he could only scrape a pair of top ten finishes.

The Briton has struggled to bring the BMW up to pace in recent rounds, as represented by his lowly 14th place grid position in Spain, but Haslam would fight hard in both races to crack the top ten and claim a brace of ninth place results.

However, Haslam was frustrated to not go higher, claiming a bad start ruined his chances in race one, while set-up issues in the second prevented him from progressing.

As a small consolation, however, he was able to prevail in an entertaining tussle with Ayrton Badovini, Haslam finishing ahead of the ever-improving satellite BMW rider for the first time in six races.

“It has been another tough weekend for us,” he said. “In race one I did not get a good start and left myself with a lot of work to do. I felt like I had the pace to run with the second group of riders who were fighting for fourth, but I made a mistake on lap one and was not able to bridge the gap. However, I worked hard, made up some places and finished the race in ninth.

“In race two I got a better start, the one I was hoping for in the first race. Sadly I did not have a good feeling on the bike, as we went for a softer tyre and I did not have the same level of grip, but I had a good battle with Ayrton. We just have to go through the data now and get ready for the next one.”



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TP

June 21, 2011 11:04 AM

Haslam and Corser are getting frustrated that BMW are more focussed on development and advanced electronics at a race weekend instead of being focussed on finding a setup for the race. Badovini's good showing can be in part attributed to the team he's running in. It's the old Ducati factory team minus Ernesto Marelli and they certainly know how to go racing and get the most out of the package. I also saw an article recently where Corser complained that the top data guy left the factory team and went to Badovini's team and hadn't come back. He was under the assumption that it was a loan but he's still there. Poor old Haslam and Corser are getting shafted I reckon.

Bryan G - Unregistered

June 21, 2011 10:54 AM

It is beginning to look like BMW do not know how to develop the bike - in theory it should be up with the best. Perhaps the in - house electronics are behind the rest.



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