BSB: Haslam happy but 'still work to do' after day one in Cartagena

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Leon Haslam was pleased with the progress made by his JG Speedfit Kawasaki team on the opening day of MCE British Superbike testing at Cartagena.

The 2016 runner-up set the fourth-quickest time of the day on his Kawasaki ZX-10RR as he continued to work hard on tyre life over race distance.

However, while the Kawasaki has improved in several key areas since his test in Jerez last month, he says there’s still work to do with the electronics, fuelling and mapping for the remaining four days of this test and then two further days on track at Guadix next week. 


“We got through a lot and have a lot to look forward to which is a good thing as already the pace isn’t too bad,” he told MCN at the track. “The focus is still the same, we’re concentrating on race runs and have done a lot on the harder tyre and used tyres.

“Straight away we did a 1’34.0 with a hard tyre and we only used the soft tyre this afternoon when the track wasn’t that great. I did my race runs on a not great part of the day and I’ve already matched my time from after four days of testing last year. All in all we’re pretty happy, but the focus of making the improvements is still the same and that’s what we’re trying to solve. We have made progress, but we need to fix other areas and put it all together.” 

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Oli Rushby

By Oli Rushby

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