I like Leon Haslam too, great person, family and rider, I hope he wins or stays near the top next year.
However Leon has not done so well in his career as Jonathan Rea, Jonathan has made very move perfect from his Red Bull days, such good steps in a short time to a point where he will deliver of that I am certain. It is definately a bike problem not Jonathan, look at Checa and Max on the Honda. If they sort the bike he could take the title.
Leon made some not so good moves early on, regrouped then rebuilt his career and moved on to where he is now. They are different ages. Taking nothing from Leon, I rate him too. There can only be one 'best'.
JT felt badly treated by Yamaha, and the troubles have not ended, ideally he should have been out of Tech 3 and in to a different WSBK team, but for whatever reason that did not happen, maybe his contract I do not know, but the Yamaha move may have ruined his career, his fault too mind. I will be surprised if his next bike will see him top 5, I dont see a path for him anymore.
Looks like Sykes may have been the real deal, if he had been left on that Yamaha one more year he could be holding the title, no-one has looked as good on that Kawasaki in WSBK.
We have a lot of talented riders.