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Calling Haslam a nearly man is a little harsh. He had a good run in BSB and was beaten to the title by Kiyo twice, Shakey Byrne (the two most successful riders in BSB history) and Gregorio Lavilla, who we know is no mug. Lost to Biaggi in 2010 (6 world titles). The BMW wasn't competitive last year, and he was playing second fiddle to Melandri this year.
My only worry is that he'll have to do the same for Rea next year.