BMW’s Leon Haslam has admitted that too many mistakes were made in both of today’s World Superbike outings at Motorland Aragon, beginning with the wrong tyre choice in race one and then rider errors the second time out.
The Derbyshire man gambled on the hardest-available compound tyre in race one on which he had very little track time and found he had no grip from start to finish while in the afternoon session, Haslam ran off track twice and that cost him a podium spot.
"In race one we went for the wrong tyre. In the warm up in the morning the race tyre we had chosen only lasted seven laps so we made a last minute gamble to choose the hardest tyre which we had not really run over the weekend. We knew that the pace would not be so good in the beginning but hoped that it will be good at the end. My lap times stayed the same but I just had zero grip. It was the wrong choice. We missed out there because I felt we could have definitely challenged Carlos Checa for a podium in race one," said Haslam.
"In race two I had a better start and felt pretty good but then ran off the circuit and lost a lot of time. I pushed again and got back up to battle with Carlos and Tom Sykes and a few other guys but ran off the circuit again. Every time I went a little bit deeper on the brakes I really struggled. I was pretty happy to finish ahead of Sykes and Checa but I felt that we had a good enough pace, especially at the end of the race, to be in the leading group; there were just too many mistakes.”