Haslam back on the podium at Misano

Leon Haslam returns to the World Superbike podium at Misano after a hard fought day of racing on the factory BMW.
Leon Haslam says he is content to have shown podium-winning pace in both World Superbike Championship races at Misano, even if he was only able to bring home silverware from one.

The British rider started both races from sixth place, but quick starts would see him dicing for provisional podium positions on each occasion.

While his challenge in race one was scuppered by an erroneous tyre choice that saw him plummet from a high of second to an eventual 12th place, Haslam made amends in the second race with a feisty run to third position.

Marking his fourth podium of the season, Haslam was pleased to be competitive after a disappointing weekend last time out at Miller Motorsports Park.

“It was another weekend where we challenged for the podium. In race one, we were unlucky with the tyre, so we could not do anything. We were fighting for a podium position but then had a tyre issue and dropped three to four seconds a lap. The tyre was un-rideable, so I was quite happy to get four points but also frustrated because after these strong first laps we did not get the podium in race one. But we did it in the second one.

“Between the races the boys were working hard, as we changed the set-up and made a different tyre choice. This tyre was definitely a lot better. It was a good battle with Johnny. I thought I had the pace to overtake him, but it seems it took me too long to get passed Tom and the other guys, and Johnny was quicker than me in a couple of corners, which made overtaking very difficult.

“He did a perfect race and we had to settle for third which I don't like doing. But I am happy to be back on the podium and a big thanks to BMW. Now are heading to Aragón for two more days of testing. We will try to fine tune a few things and get some more mileage on the different tyres.”

Tagged as: Misano , BMW , Leon Haslam

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190mph - Unregistered

June 11, 2012 11:17 AM

Well at least we know who has the better work ethic in the BMW team - Haslam. Despite suffering the same tyre trouble as Melandri in race 1, Haslam persevered and manged to bag some points. Melandri though reverts back to form where if it's not all going his way throws in the towel. Anything could of happened in those last two laps that may of allowed Melandri to score a point or two - but no Melandri decides to give up. Maybe Ducati were right to suggest Melandri see a shrink?

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