BSB: Haslam overcomes technical issues to take front row start
Leon Haslam is thrilled to be starting on the front row of the grid for tomorrow’s opening MCE British Superbike race at Snetterton after suffering a number of issues across the weekend.
Haslam found himself outside the top ten on the opening day of practice as he struggled with a couple of technical hitches and with only one dry session, time to solve these issues was limited to just the Q1 and Q2 sessions.
The JG Speedfit Kawasaki man had done enough to get in to the new one-lap Superpole session, where he cruised to a provisional pole position until he was knocked off the top spot by rival Shane Byrne.
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“I can’t grumble with that as it’s been a tough weekend,” he told MCN. “We’ve had a few issues and made some good steps in those short sessions leading up to Superpole. It came relatively easy but I kept it on line and we managed to pull something out of the bag.
“We’ve had a few problems with the engine running me on and the fuelling has been changing a lot so it’s just been a matter of getting on top of that but the track conditions haven’t helped.
“I was quicker here at the test than I was in Superpole and that was in a race one. We know we’ve got the pace to run at the front but obviously Shakey and the Ducati are really coming along now and the Hondas seem to be up there too.”