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'Disappointing day' for Haslam at Phillip Island

Leon Haslam laments a disappointing race day stymied by technical gremlins and an off-track delay at Phillip Island
Leon Haslam feels he displayed the pace to challenge for the podium during the opening round of the World Superbike Championship at Phillip Island, even if various issues would culminate in him finishing a modest seventh and tenth on his Pata Honda debut.

The 2010 runner-up was in feisty form during the early stages of the first race as he ran as high as second place, but found himself sucked into the chasing pack during the second-half when intermittent electronics problems struck.

Slipping to seventh place at the chequered flag, the result did nonetheless make Haslam the first Honda rider to finish ahead of Jonathan Rea inside the top ten since Carlos Checa last managed the feat back at Imola in 2009.

“It's been a bit of a disappointing day,” he said. “We had some issues that we couldn't overcome in race one and I ended up heading backwards. It felt like I had the pace to challenge for a rostrum but I was held back in a couple of areas.”

For race two, Haslam was caught up in the first lap collision between Loris Baz and Chaz Davies, the Briton dropped to the back of the field before fighting his way to tenth place.

“In race two we made some positive changes but I had a bad start and then got caught in the melée with two other riders crashing out down at the MG hairpin on lap one.

“I lost around 10 or 11 seconds that would have allowed me to battle for third or fourth again if I hadn't lost that time. There are a lot of 'if's and 'but's, and we've got a lot of work to do in this next month to try to resolve a few issues.”



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alexcbr - Unregistered

February 25, 2013 9:28 AM

Always has put in a gutsy ride on every bike I've watched him ride. He seams to need a bit of love in the camp as well though, and not much of that at bmw!

I have knocked him sometimes in the past but I've gotta say his approach to this ride and the results from ith have been fantastic Grabbed the bull by the horns and tried his heart out and for the first part of race one was running the pace too, so there's potential there. I definatly wont be so quick to slag him off again, great ride!.



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