WSBK Jerez: Haslam using Guintoli’s ’14 record to fuel late charge

Leon Haslam returns to the podium in Jerez, hopes he can repeat Sylvain Guintoli's 2014 heroics to reel in third in the championship
Leon Haslam made a welcome return to the podium at Jerez a day after a disastrous qualifying session left him stranded eleventh on the grid.

The Englishman was locked in a race-long battle with team-mate Jordi Torres for second place in race two after successfully dealing with both Kawasakis.

Although unable to better the Spaniard despite his finest efforts with a late-braking lunge at the final corner, Haslam was relieved to be back on the podium, hours after a 'very frustrating' race one.

“In race one I just couldn't get past Jonathan. I was really struggling with acceleration off the turns compared to the Honda and Kawasakis. It was the setting we had to try and save the tyre. I was hoping that there's were going to drop off towards the end. I kept on taking lunges at him but he would get back past. It was a very frustrating race.

“Race two it was a little bit better. We made a step in the right direction. That's the first time we've done any laps in the hot conditions because we lost the session yesterday afternoon with a technical problem. It was a bit of the unknown. I kept losing the front but it was happy that I was battling with Jordi for that second place. I had to have a go but it was a bit of a lunge as I was quite a long way back.

“I'm really happy to be back on the podium, this time with Jordi which is the first time this year. The last one was in Misano. I didn't make it at Laguna or Malaysia. I need to win races. It was a good battle. I was quite a bit quicker in some places but I was really struggling with the front tyre.

“I wanted to push on to get to Chaz but every time I did I made a mistake. My rhythm was the same as Jordi's.In race one was definitely good. In race two I had to get past quite a few people; Pirro, Jonathan, van der Mark, Sykes. I had to get through all them guys, which was hard work. In FP3 I was confident I was going to win both races but it all went horribly wrong after that. To start P11 I'm well happy with third.

Haslam is now using Sylvain Guintoli's 2014 record in the final two rounds at Magny Cours and Qatar, when the Frenchman scored 95 points from a possible 100, as inspiration as he looks to overhaul Tom Sykes in third in the championship, 45 points ahead.

“I don't know how far Sylvain was behind him at this stage last year. I think it was the same margin. Hopefully that can happen again in the last four races to see how it goes.”

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September 23, 2015 9:53 AM
Last Edited 206 days ago

TheVimtoMoustache: Lay off the lad,he's just destined to be one of those "wrong place,wrong time" riders.
Started the season well but I think there are questions to be asked considering Biaggi's results and Torres' recent form. If Honda and Suzuki had got their electronics right, I don't think he would be chasing 3rd in the championship. Also, if Giugliano had started the season, I doubt either Aprilia would be top six by now.


September 21, 2015 7:43 PM

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