Misano WorldSBK test: Haslam on the pace despite three-year absence - Bikesport News

Misano WorldSBK test: Haslam on the pace despite three-year absence

That, kids, is what grim determination looks like...
That, kids, is what grim determination looks like...

Kawasaki’s Leon Haslam matched team-mate Jonathan Rea Misano WorldSBK test pace despite not having ridden at the track for three years.

The reigning British Superbike Champion got into the 1’35s even though he felt grip was down due to the amount of rain that lashed the circuit on both mornings and shrugged off a crash after his crew made a change to the ZX-10RR.

β€œIt was good to get two days on track just testing even if we were a little bit hampered with weather. On both mornings the track was wet. I was still quick in the rain and there were a few things we could still evaluate in wet conditions,” Haslam said yesterday evening.

Yesterday the track was a bit patchy but today it was quite good. We made a bit of a change just before the end today then went out and crashed straightaway.

“At one point I did a 14 lap run but was still only a couple of tenths of a second off compared to the best laps. I had not been to Misano for three years and I felt that the grip levels were down a bit and with that lack of grip I struggled to get the bike to stop.

“This afternoon it was dry and I did a 1’35 on a race run, so I am happy with that side of things.”

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