WSBK Assen: Top five but Haslam rues missed opportunity

Leon Haslam scores his first top five finish since joining PATA Honda, but he feels he could come away from Assen with more.
Leon Haslam feels he could have been leaving Assen with stronger results, despite recording his best finish since joining the PATA Honda team.

Having struggled with various technical issues since the start of the season, Haslam was looking for a breakthrough at Ten Kate Racing's home venue but continued engine braking woes would hamper him en route to 11th on the grid in qualifying.

Finishing eighth in the dry first race despite feeling as though fifth place was possible, Haslam achieved his aim in the wet second race with strong run to the top five in difficult conditions. However, while the result represents his best finish since 2012, Haslam still feels he was capable more, particularly if he had qualified better.

Race one was a bit frustrating really because I felt we could have been easily fifth from where we were. The pace wasn't that mega but we had a lot of issues again this weekend. It wasn't right in race one but I think fifth was still possible. The flag put an early end to it anyway. I was confident that, for the dry, we'd made the right move for race two but it was wet.

“In the first part I was already up to fifth when they stopped it but, in part two, I got caught behind Chaz [Davies] and it took me a few laps to get by him. When I passed him, everyone had gone, but I was able to be one of the fastest guys on track in the last three laps.

“I managed to get past Baz and Melandri and was closing the gap to Tom [Sykes] but then ran out of time. We hadn't really done any wet testing, so it was positive that we weren't too far away. The pace was pretty good but starting from where we were on the grid didn't help either.”

Related Pictures

Click on relevant pic to enlarge
Haslam, Race2, Dutch WSSK 2014
Haslam, Race1, Dutch WSSK 2014
Haslam, Race2, Dutch WSBK 2014
Motorcycle Live, NEC, [Credit: Motorcycle Live]
Sofuoglu, WSS Race, Jerez WSBK 2016
Sofuoglu, WSS Race, Jerez WSBK 2016
Sofuoglu, WSS Race, Jerez WSBK 2016
Sofuoglu, WSS Race, Jerez WSBK 2016
Sofuoglu, WSS Race, Jerez WSBK 2016
Sofuoglu championship helmet, WSS Race, Jerez WSBK 2016
Sofuoglu championship helmet, WSS Race, Jerez WSBK 2016
Sofuoglu, WSS Race, Jerez WSBK 2016
Sofuoglu, WSS Race, Jerez WSBK 2016
Sofuoglu, WSS Race, Jerez WSBK 2016
Bassani, WSS Race, Jerez WSBK 2016
Black, SSTK1000, Jerez WSBK 2016
De Rosa, SSTK1000, Jerez WSBK 2016
Puffe, SSTK1000, Jerez WSBK 2016

Join the conversation - Add your comment

Please login or register before adding your comments.

Although the administrators and moderators of this website will attempt to keep all objectionable comments off these pages, it is impossible for us to review all messages. All messages express the views of the poster, and neither Crash Media Group nor Crash.Net will be held responsible for the content of any message. We do not vouch for or warrant the accuracy, completeness or usefulness of any message, and are not responsible for the contents of any message. If you find a message objectionable, please contact us and inform us of the problem or use the [report] function next to the offending post. Any message that does not conform with the policy of this service can be edited or removed with immediate effect.


April 30, 2014 2:50 AM
Last Edited 908 days ago

It's got to be Haslam, Rea is the only one who has gotten anything out of that bike. I wouldn't expect Honda to have a competitive bike unless Honda invests in their own factory'ish team. Hope Haslam finds a good evo bike, if WSBK dumped TC and brought in some more variety for the tires, the competition would be a lot better, even though WSBK is already 100 times better than GPs.


April 29, 2014 5:07 PM
Last Edited 908 days ago

Any one know whats happening next year with every one saying Michael van der Mark is going to be riding Ten Kate where is haslam going or is rea going to leave at last and try and find a better bike or is he going to wait it out until the new rules which might make the honda competitive

© 1999 - 2016 Crash Media Group

The total or partial reproduction of text, photographs or illustrations is not permitted in any form.