BSB: Haslam frustrated after 'disastrous' weekend

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MCE British Superbike championship contender Leon Haslam left the sixth round of the series at Thruxton frustrated after a disastrous weekend for the JG Speedfit Kawasaki team.

Haslam and both team-mates struggled with an inconsistent power delivery throughout the weekend, placing them on the back-foot from the off as they searched for a way to fix their problems. 

After qualifying 15th, it was always going to be a tough race day but a step forward saw the former World Superbike star battling at the front in both outings before his tyre dropped off, leaving him to finish 13th and fifth in the two outings.

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“It’s been a disaster of a weekend really,” he said. “From the off we’ve all struggled with the engine configuration and it’s meant we’ve been on the back foot the whole time. I knew we would do better in the races, and full credit to the team too as they were able to get us in a much better position today. The restart destroyed our chances in that opening race, I felt we would be capable of a top five at least but unfortunately the additional laps on the tyre just meant we couldn’t maintain that pace. 

The second race was better and I felt really comfortable sitting in second but with four laps to go the tyre just completely dropped off and we couldn’t stay there. It’s certainly frustrating, but after all the difficulties to have been challenging for the win with four laps to go in race two shows just how far we’ve come since first practice.”

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Oli Rushby

By Oli Rushby

Former sports reporter covering British Superbikes, World Superbikes and road racing