Haslam bat­tles on

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Com­ing back af­ter his heavy crash at Knock­hill, this week­end was never go­ing to be easy for Leon Haslam, but the JG Speed­fit Kawasaki rider main­tains he wasn’t just hin­dered by his in­juries as he fin­ished both races off the podium for the first time this year.

Af­ter qual­i­fy­ing strongly on the sec­ond row, Haslam nar­rowly missed out on the ros­trum in the open­ing race but things didn’t go as well in the sec­ond out­ing as he strug­gled for pace from the off and even­tu­ally crossed the line in eighth po­si­tion.

Hav­ing al­ready missed the Snet­ter­ton test with a tech­ni­cal is­sue, fur­ther prob­lems saw Haslam miss more track time in the free prac­tice ses­sions and a speed deficit down the Nor­folk cir­cuit’s back straight par­tic­u­larly hin­dered the for­mer WSB run­nerup in the sec­ond race.

“We had a bit of a prob­lem with speed this week­end,” Haslam said. “We strug­gled on the straights and it’s some­thing we need to look into. We knew we were down on speed to a few of our com­peti­tors, es­pe­cially Du­cati, BMW and Honda but now Yamaha seems to have stepped up with top speed too and this track re­ally high­lights that.

Haslam added: “That be­ing said, it’s been a com­bi­na­tion of ev­ery­thing. I’m still not 100% with the in­jury and the bike hasn’t been

‘I’m still not 100% with the in­jury and the bike hasn’t been per­fect ei­ther’ LEON HASLAM

per­fect ei­ther. I was pretty happy with the open­ing race as I could fight at the start and nearly ended up on the podium and I felt that would be our po­ten­tial this week­end. Race two was much worse and we dropped back quite a bit.”

While it was un­doubt­edly a tough week­end for Haslam, his re­sults weren’t too far off the fourth and fifth he achieved at the Snet­ter­ton round last year.

“Snet­ter­ton was one of our worst rounds last year so we’ll take two solid points fin­ishes to­day. It’s a shame not to have added more podium cred­its, but we were strong at Brands GP last year so I’ll aim to come back fight­ing.”

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