HASLAM HAS POINT TO PROVE
Leon Haslam has put the disappointment of Silverstone firmly behind him by topping the time sheets in a test day at Oulton Park in preparation of the race at the Cheshire track this weekend. The 32-year-old set a best time of 1’35.025 ahead of on-form Christian Iddon and Honda rider Dan Linfoot.
Last time out at Silverstone Haslam and JG Speedfit Kawasaki team-mate James Ellison were struck down with bad luck that saw Haslam achieve a single fifth place in race two after a technical problem in the first race while Ellison claimed a 13th and an eighth after starting from the back of the grid in race one.
“We have definitely taken the positives from the first round and there are plenty of them. I feel that we showed how strong the package is with the pole position, the general race pace and the fact that Pete won the race with a very similar set-up to me,” said Haslam.
“It shows what we are capable of as a team and it was only because of some issues that we weren’t able to achieve more. So we go into the next round feeling confident that we can expect a lot more.”
John Hopkins was also denied the chance to move up the finishing order at Silverstone after a technical issue curtailed his chances of progression for the epayme Yamaha team; the Californian had been inside the top 10 before he was forced to retire.
The circuit was the scene of Hopkins’ very first win in the championship in 2011 and he will be hoping that with the official test under their belts that they can be in a position to challenge for more on Bank Holiday Monday.
Bennetts Suzuki will also be eager to prove a point at Oulton Park – a circuit that Tommy Bridewell was victorious last season and one where Ryuichi Kiyonari has also celebrated 13 wins. The team though believe that they have a good base to start with at Oulton Park to alleviate the chatter issues that they encountered at Silverstone.
‘We have definitely taken the positives from the first round’