HASLAM SMASHES HIS OWN NINE-YEAR RECORD
History was made at Cadwell this weekend as the longest-standing lap record on the MCE British Superbike calendar was finally broken. Leon Haslam’s quickest time in the opening race (1’26.590) was marginally quicker than the lap he’d recorded on the Airwaves Ducati in 2007.
While many riders had been under Haslam’s original lap record in practice and qualifying, for an official lap record to be declared the time needs to be recorded in race conditions.
Despite organisers scaling back the technical rules to restrict engine and chassis modifications, banning electronics and the introduction of a control tyre supplier, the natural progression of 1000cc superbikes over the last ten years has seen the newest era of BSB break lap records at every circuit – with the exception of Cadwell.
“Cadwell is a strange circuit,” said Haslam after taking the record. “Race pace here is often a lot slower than practice and qualifying as it’s so hard to pass. So the person leading a group tends to dictate the pace a little bit and with everyone trying to save their tyres until the end, you don’t see lap record pace even though you can be well under it in other sessions.”
However, it wasn’t just the official lap record Haslam clocked this weekend. His 1’25.932 pole position lap was the fastest two-wheeled lap ever of the Lincolnshire circuit.