HASLAM STAYS UP­BEAT

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Leon Haslam was de­ter­mined to look at the pos­i­tives af­ter be­ing beaten by his team-mate in both races at the Brands Indy cir­cuit on Easter Mon­day.

Sec­ond and third in Mon­day’s two races see the 33-year-old re­tain his se­ries lead by five points, over team­mate Mossey. But with the man he sees as his big­gest ri­val for the cham­pi­onship, Shane Byrne, en­dur­ing an­other dis­as­trous out­ing it was far from be­ing a neg­a­tive week­end.

Haslam never had the out­right pace of his team-mate at Brands as he strug­gled with a num­ber of is­sues on the finicky 1.2-mile Indy cir­cuit. De­spite an im­pres­sive qual­i­fy­ing see­ing him al­most match Mossey’s time, Haslam had noth­ing to stop the young­ster in ei­ther race.

“I was strug­gling from lap one in both races,” he said af­ter­wards. “I was re­ally fight­ing to pass peo­ple here. We’ve been lack­ing in a cou­ple of ar­eas of the track all week­end and con­sid­er­ing there are only five cor­ners that’s a lot.

“Luke had that bit more grip than me, es­pe­cially out of the last turn, so was able to pull away and there was noth­ing I could do even af­ter try­ing to keep in front of him with some lunges early on. This has never been a great cir­cuit for me, so I’m ac­tu­ally happy with a sec­ond and a third here and Shakey, our big­gest ti­tle threat, had an­other bad week­end.”

While Haslam seemed gen­uinely pleased for his young gun team-mate to achieve his de­but wins, it’s got to be hard to stom­ach be­ing beaten by a team-mate with such lit­tle ex­pe­ri­ence. Haslam has been run­ner-up in the BSB se­ries three times.

“It’s mega to see Luke get his first wins and of course it’s been a strong week­end for the team with an­other one-two and then a one-three in race two. Of course it would have been nicer if it was me with the win­ners’ tro­phy.”

‘It’s mega to see Luke win – it’d be even nicer if it had been me’ LEON HASLAM

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