HASLAM SMASHES HIS OWN NINE-YEAR RECORD

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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.

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