HASLAM STAYS UPBEAT
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