Ten rounds of the WorldSBK season have come and gone for Leon Haslam and his factory Kawasaki Ninja, and there still appears to be no solution for the 2018 BSB Champion’s braking issues.
Haslam is struggling to get his ZX-10RR stopped in the correct way and appears to be fighting with the engine brake system instead of working in concert with it - and that is also affecting the rest of the setup.
“It is the same issue, which is getting the bike stopped. We know what it is and we know how to solve it, but not on this current spec,” Haslam told bikesportnews.com at Portimao.
“We kind of chased ourselves with set-up this weekend although we did make an improvement for that last race.
“My best lap was a tenth off the fastest lap and we were there for I would say nine laps of the race. But as soon as I lose my front grip I lose my advantage, of running a little bit more corner speed of the guys.
“I need to get the bike stopped because it is pointless being as fast as them if I can’t pass them. As it proved with Alex because I had five, six, seven goes and just struggled to get the bike to stop.
“It has been the same issue most of the year. We have some ideas to try looking into the future bit we need to make it work right now. We are not a million miles away on pace but racing and overtaking is my biggest downfall, but to be fair that is the first time I have been able to pass and overtake anyone pretty much all year. We have made a step.”