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WSBK Aragon 2013: Haslam hampered by brake issues

Leon Haslam endures a difficult race day at Motorland Aragon as persistent brake problems restrict him to ninth place in both races.
Leon Haslam's fraught second round of the 2013 World Superbike Championship at Motorland Aragon continued into race day as brake woes forced him into two low top ten finishes.

On a weekend that saw Haslam suffer problems on the Friday before damaging his bike in an accident early on Saturday, the Briton's luck wouldn't change in the races as he struggled to get the Pata Honda stopped around the circuit.

An issue that would also hamper Jonathan Rea in the second race, Haslam was frustrated to have his results – two ninth place finishes – dictated by more technical issues.

“It was a tough start to the weekend with the issues we had on Friday and then Saturday even more so with the crash in qualifying and then the technical problem with a broken sensor in FP2. We finally got the bike running in Superpole, which I was really happy about and we found a really good amount of time.

“In the races we've just had brake issues. Race one was worse than race two but the problems have kind of determined our results and they are long old races when you have those kind of problems.”

Despite his troubles, Haslam is now one of only two riders – the other being Sylvain Guintoli - to have finished all four races of the season inside the top ten.



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Denis - Unregistered

April 15, 2013 2:50 PM

It is high time Honda and Ten Kate gave the ever loyal Jonathon Rea a bike capable of contending for the championship. With Leon Haslam experiencing similar problems this should not be happening with a "world class" team. Get your acts together Honda and Ten Kate.

prof-x - Unregistered

April 17, 2013 10:25 AM

I dont think Honda care too much, and I doubt they have 'motogp' electronics on their bike either. The bike is not as slow as the other bikes as the commentators are suggesting, but its not got the best electronics either, imo. They are getting beat into and out of the corners, and it's not until later in the race, if they have the tires, where they start outpacing people. Make WSBK better by getting rid of the electronics, and allowing more tire selection/dont limit teams to one brand/bring in Dunlop/Michelin and maybe Bridgestone, and put the guys on production class tires, no more custom tires!!! control production, dont control allocation type/subsidize-equalize testing for all teams.



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