HM Plant Honda’s Leon Haslam has been stripped of his fourth place position in race two by British Superbike organisers after he was deemed to have ridden carelessly in the course of a meeting.
Haslam and Sykes clashed for the second race weekend in a row as the pair battled for the lead of race two at Oulton Park.
The pair came together resulting in Tom Sykes going down and out of the race while Haslam managed to stay upright and continue to the end.
But race organisers vetoed Haslam’s result, and his 13 points, from the results for the clash.
The Honda squad appealed against the decision but their initial attempt was rejected at 18.55 yesterday.
Leon Haslam said: “It’s not that bad a start to the season, but I hope these lost 13 points won’t cost us.
”Last year after the first few races I was 60 points behind Greg, but by the end of the season I had beaten him by over 20 points.
“We’ve still got a long way to go – we’ve just got to hope our fortunes change soon.”
To read the full reaction from Haslam, his Honda team and Suzuki, check out tomorrow’s MCN.