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Haslam suffers mixed fortunes at Imola

Leon Haslam misses out on a potential double top five by crashing out of the first race at Imola.
Leon Haslam endured a day of mixed fortunes during the 11th round of the 2011 World Superbike Championship after following up a crash with a top five finish.

The BMW rider was enjoying a strong weekend up to race day, regularly challenging inside the top five before placing the factory S1000RR sixth on the grid.

Getting up into the top five for race one, Haslam was closing on the group ahead of him when a false neutral caused him to crash out of Tosa. Nonetheless, he bounced back in race two to seal fifth position to improve his chances to securing the same position in the overall standings.

“In the early stages of race one I was struggling to push properly, but after a few laps I found a good rhythm and caught up to Tom and Carlos. Unfortunately I then got a false neutral. I went into the corner, the gear jumped out and in again and I fell. I am disappointed with the crash.

“For race two, we made some small changes to try and improve the bike, but the increase in air temperature meant things didn't work out as we planned. So I lost the contact to the leading group and just had to try and maintain my position.”

Haslam holds down fifth position, 16 points ahead of Leon Camier in the standings.


Tagged as: BMW , Imola , Leon Haslam

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Gazza1JB

September 27, 2011 11:20 AM

This BMW is beginging to annoy me now, Haslam should be battling for the championship as he's good enough but in reality they have been a long way off, if anything they have been going backwards throughout the year, whats that all about considering they have a whopping budget, they where podium contenders last year and the start of this year now they struggle to get in top 6..... They should be challening for race wins by now. Disappointed...!

pcxmac

September 27, 2011 12:45 PM

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