Haslam rises order despite tough weekend

Though seventh and eighth are not his idea of a strong set of race results, Leon Haslam actually rises back to fifth in th standings at Brno.
Leon Haslam has risen back into the top five of the World Superbike Championship standings, despite describing his seventh and eighth place results at Brno as 'not where he wants to finish'.

Riding as BMW Motorrad's sole representative in the Czech Republic this weekend, Haslam faced a considerable challenge from 13th on the grid, but good starts in both races saw him embroiled in the mid-pack fight.

Grip issues early on in both races would see him slip outside the top ten, but he would build his pace during the latter stages to claim eighth in race one before snatching seventh on the final corner of race two.

Though they are results that he considers below par, particularly next to satellite BMW rider Ayrton Badovini who finished well up the road on both occasions in sixth position, Haslam has nonetheless risen to fifth in the overall standings.

“The first race I had a good start. With new, grippy tyres I was struggling a little bit with my pace, so some other riders were able to pass me. But when the grip went away I did not go any slower - but they did, so I caught up again. That was a good battle and I passed three guys during the last few laps, which was exciting. In race two I was held up a little bit so Ayrton, who was in sixth, could get away. But then I had a really good battle with Lascorz in the last two laps.

“They were two pretty hard races for eighth and seventh. Of course this is not where we want to finish, but we kind of understand what the issue is and know what direction to take now. I am pretty happy with the progress we made and I hope we can make up the difference at my next home race at Silverstone.”

Haslam is three points ahead of Leon Camier and Michel Fabrizio, but is now 31 points behind Eugene Laverty.

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July 11, 2011 11:27 AM

Wow, I've read some ******** in my time but you're right up there with the best. Haslam had a great chance to win the championship last year but Suzuki couldn't be ****d to fund development for WSBK and instead concentrated on MotoGP (for some unknown reason). What was he supposed to do, stay on the exact same bike again this year and have even less chance of winning because all of the other bikes had moved on, or take a gamble with BMW who are pumping money in to really try and win. If BMW would stop persisting with this stupid aim of trying to write their own electronics package and just buy a Magneti Marelli instead they might get some better results (look at what BMW Italia are achieving with the MM package). I suggest you read you might learn something, and think twice before spouting such nonsense again.

AvTech37 - Unregistered

July 11, 2011 12:57 PM

Top marks to Haslam though. We all know the guy has both skill and dedication and these results are in no way a reflection of where he should be. I just hope BMW swallow their pride and get external assistance in the electronics department before even LH has enough. The bike has the potential to gain consistent podium places, with the occasional win thrown in. LH's efforts deserve more.

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