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Haslam disappointed with 13th on the grid

Leon Haslam can only manage 13th position on the grid at Brno after continuing set-up woes on the BMW S1000RR.
Leon Haslam will start from the third row of the grid for the second race in succession after falling foul of his bike's tendency to accelerate into bends.

Haslam had hoped for an upturn in fortunes at Brno, a circuit that has been kind to the BMW team over the past two seasons, but while he says the previous issue of grip has been solved, it is highlighting another problem with the S1000RR pushing into corners.

As such, Haslam says he made a mistake on his flying lap, which left him vulnerable to improvements around him, the 2010 runner-up duly being dropped to 13th on the grid.

“As soon as we have rear grip on the bike we come across a lot of issues. The bike gets better the older the tyre gets, but with a new grippy tyre the issues start. The engine still accelerates into the corners, which on this circuit is quite difficult.

“The rear grip with the bike was really good with the qualifying tyre. I made a mistake on that lap with the engine push. So less than a tenth again and we are out. Our race pace is quite good, and this circuit is a bit wider and flowing, so we just need another good start and then we will try to get the best result we can.”


Tagged as: BMW , Brno , Leon Haslam

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DB - Unregistered

July 10, 2011 12:09 PM

Leon I know your no quitter! But get off that crock of #### ASAP mate! I'm sure the only race you and Troy need to have this season mate is for the first one out the EXIT door ! Good luck to you both !

Percentage

July 10, 2011 9:00 AM

I'm way from convinced that the BMW S1000RR is a great bike. A good bike, yes, but great, no. It reminds me of a Honda NSR-500, all engine and not much else. BMW needs some serious work in the middle and low end of the power curve.



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