Leon Haslam was thrilled to be quickest on the opening day of the third round of the 2017 MCE British Superbike Championship at Oulton Park as he focused on experimenting with electronics and chassis set-up after a strong test here last week.
Having been able to establish a set-up he was happy with at last week’s test, the JG Speedfit Kawasaki man went straight into an 18-lap race run in this morning’s first session before switching to softer tyres towards the end. This was a strategy he’d repeat in the afternoon’s second practice, while experimenting further with chassis set-up with a view to improving performance both here at Oulton Park and further down the line.
“We’ve got to be happy as we’re quickest, but we’re experimenting a lot with the chassis and electronics,” he explained. “We had a good test and were quick straight away. I’ve done a few race runs on the hard tyre and a few laps on the softer tyre at the end.
“Having done race distance twice I’m feeling confident, a lot of other people didn’t get 18 laps in a session let alone two 18 lap race runs today. I’ve only used the two tyres on those runs, and because we’ve started strong we don’t have to worry about pushing for a lap time and instead can focus on trying new things that will benefit us both here and at the future.”
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