BSB: Visor issues cost Haslam double win

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Leon Haslam believes he could have taken a double victory at Knockhill this weekend had he not been hampered by visor problems in the late stages of yesterday’s second race.

The JG Speedfit Kawasaki man fought tooth and nail with the race’s eventual winner, Shane Byrne, throughout the 30 laps but suddenly dropped back towards the end as his visibility was reduced to almost nothing after his visor steamed up in the tricky conditions.

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At times not even knowing where he was on track, Haslam slipped back from the lead to cross the line in sixth place, a disappointing result for the former World Championship runner-up after he’d extended his series lead over Byrne with a strong race one win.

“I really felt at ease at the front, felt I could have gone quicker at any point and was really strong in the last sector,” a furious Haslam told MCN. “My visor kept steaming up and then went white over, I couldn’t see a thing it was quiet dangerous actually. I’m so disappointed because I dropped maybe three or four seconds a lap just because I couldn’t see. We had great pace in both the wet and the dry so I’m pissed off as it should have been another win.”

Haslam now leads the MCE British Superbike championship by 13 points over Ducati’s Byrne. 

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Oli Rushby

By Oli Rushby

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