Haslam and Rea continue to struggle with new electronics kit

'We haven't been able to move the new electronics on from where we were in Australia in the first round' - Leon Haslam
Pata Honda World Superbike duo Jonathan Rea and Leon Haslam are continuing to struggle to make a breakthrough with their new HRC electronics kit.

The pair have wrapped up a three-day test at Motorland Aragon in Spain ahead of next week's second round of the World Superbike Championship at the same venue.

A frustrated Haslam said he had been unable to make any progress with the system from Phillip Island.

“It's been a frustrating few days actually because we haven't been able to move the new electronics on from where we were in Australia in the first round,” said Haslam.

“The weather today didn't help either and there's a lot more work to do before we're ready to challenge properly next weekend when we come back to Aragon for round two.

“Physically, I'm feeling good after the recent operation on the foot I broke last year, so I'm ready to do some more testing before then.”

His team-mate, Jonathan Rea, agreed, with the Northern Irishman admitting the teething problems with the advanced HRC electronics still remain.

“I did a back-to-back comparison with last year's electronics and it's easy to see the potential that the new system has.

“However, the teething problems we had in Australia don't seem to have gone away so we haven't got as much out of this test as we wanted,” Rea said.

“We've got another couple of days testing at Alcarras next week, which will be really useful. We've also got some good brains working on the system, so we know there's more to come.”

Haslam and Rea will continue testing at Alcarras in Spain on Sunday and Monday before returning to Aragon.

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prof-x - Unregistered

April 07, 2013 6:29 AM

... something different. (please excuse the poor spelling.) Leave the pilots a few maps to play with, but get rid of electronically controlled irregular engine adjustments, and ditch the expensive electronics, it adds nothing to the spectacle, only costs and further separates the haves and have-nots. If the promoters were really serious about the sport they would want to reduce unnecessary risks, and TC is an unnecessary risk, it only hinders teams which cannot afford to get their stuff working right, and not even a standard ECU will help this, these things need to be tuned right for each pilot, just say NO, and let the rider figure it out with their bodies, throttle, clutch, brakes, etc.... that's TC enough.


April 05, 2013 6:43 AM

@ Johny Boy The electronics are brand new and straight from the MotoGP department so I fail to see how they're past due. The problem is apparently that it's kicking in too early a lot of the times. I hope they sort it / Rea gets a real ride soon, he's a big talent and can do more.

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